FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014
On August 30, 2014 at approximately 2224 hours (10:24 PM), Bethlehem Police received a call from Sands Casino Security about 2 small children, a 3 year old female and a 5 year old female, being locked in a car unattended by any adults. The vehicle was in the Sands Parking garage.
While investigating the incident several loud speaker announcements were made inside of the Sands Casino and no one responded. At approximately 2305 hours (1105 PM), the owner of the vehicle, a VAYLON WONG, of 7616 18th Ave, Apt. 2B, Brooklyn, New York 11214, was located.
WONG, age 47, stated he owned the tan/gold Lexus LX400 bearing NY # GRJ-9618, and he left the children unattended in the vehicle. WONG stated that the children were not his, and that they belong to his neighbor. He then stated he helps care for them. When the 2 children saw WONG, they referred to him as “daddy.” WONG has the same last name as the children. WONG became uncooperative and would not tell us where or who the mother is.
The two children were cared for at the scene by Sands Casino Security until Northampton County Children and Youth arrived. The two children are presently in the custody of Northampton County Children and Youth. This incident is still under investigation by Bethlehem Police. Children and Youth are also investigation.
WONG was arrested on criminal charges of (2) Counts Endangering the Welfare of Children and (2) Counts Recklessly Endangering Another Prison. Bail was set at $20,000.00 and he was committed to Northampton County Prison. The prosecution of this individual will be handled by the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office.
Sands Casino, Sands Casino Security and the City of Bethlehem Police Department, will continue to respond to, and investigate, any and all calls concerning small children being left unattended in any type of vehicle at the Sands Casino Complex. There is no safe and acceptable reason, in today’s world, to leave small children unattended in any locked vehicle, at any time, at any location.
Mark A. DiLuzio
Chief of Police