JANUARY 5, 2014


On Sunday, January 4, 2015, at approximately 12:22 in the afternoon, the Bethlehem Police 911 Center received a call from a male who identified himself as EMANUEL COTTO. COTTO told the 911 Dispatcher that he had killed someone at 414 Fillmore Street, in the City of Bethlehem, Northampton County, Pennsylvania.

Police responded to the address and took COTTO into custody when he emerged from the house. COTTO was wearing an empty “knife sheath” on his waistband and had blood visible on his clothing and hands. COTTO told the Officers “my roommate is in there, but he is not alive, I took him out.”

Officers entered 414 Fillmore Street. A tactical knife with blood on it was observed inside the residence. Officers found a male deceased inside the residence.  The male had multiple stab wounds.

The Northampton County Coroners Office was notified and responded to the address. Northampton County Coroner Zachary Lysek ruled the manner of death to be Homicide and cause of death to be Multiple Stab Wounds. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday, January 5, 2015. The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Northampton County Coroner’s Office pending notification of next of kin.

On Sunday evening, at 10:00 pm, EMANUEL COTTO, age 25, of 414 Fillmore Street, Bethlehem, was arraigned by Detectives before Northampton County President Judge Stephen G. Baratta at the Northampton County Courthouse in Easton. Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli was present at the arraignment representing the Commonwealth. COTTO was charged with one count of Criminal Homicide. No Bail was set by Judge Baratta and COTTO was committed to Northampton County Prison pending Court action.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Police are not looking for anyone else and there is no threat to the public. Bethlehem Police Detectives, assisted by the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office, are investigating.

If anyone has any information relative to this crime or the persons involved, please contact Detective Fabian Martinez at the City of Bethlehem Police Department at 610-997-7678 and/or 610-865-7187.

Thank You.

Mark A. DiLuzio

Chief of Police


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