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Delivery person drops food, runs from holdup, cops say

A second robbery happened about an hour later Sunday night in Allentown.

Allentown police are investigating a pair of armed robberies Sunday night in the city.
At 10:34 p.m….

Cops: Man struck by car opens fire on driver in Allentown

The driver was wounded and drove himself to a nearby hospital, according to city police.

A man walking with a small child Friday afternoon in Allentown was struck by a car, …

Victim in fatal Allentown shooting was NCC student

Ibrahim Bah, 21, was a first-semester student from Philadelphia, the college confirmed.

The 21-year-old Philadelphia man killed in an Allentown shooting early Saturday was a…

1 dead after early morning shooting in Allentown

A 21-year-old Philadelphia man was found wounded and later died at a hospital.

UPDATE: Victim in fatal Allentown shooting was NCC student

A 21-year-old man is dead followin…

Inmate allegedly planned burglary of judge’s home to get out of prison

Prosecutors say the burglary was actually a plot by a state prison inmate to lessen his sentence.

For at least two years, Efrain “Baby” Miranda III wrote letters to law enfo…

Woman accused of torching shack man called home

The man was living in a wooden shack in a wooded area of South Fourth Street in Allentown, city police said.

An Allentown woman told a friend she was going to torch a wooden…

Strip club robber alleges police officer attacked him during arrest

City officials said the officer’s actions during the arrest of Hector Medina Pena were found to be appropriate.

A man who robbed an Allentown strip club is alleging a city police officer attacked him during his 2015 arrest, fracturing the city man’s jaw.

In a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, Hector Medina Pena said while he was on his hands and knees surrendering to police, city police officer Joseph Iannetta gave a “WWE-style” kick with his booted foot to Medina Pena’s head.

Medina Pena says he was attacked twice by officer Iannetta while surrendering to police, and was hospitalized after suffering knocked out teeth and a fractured jaw.

The arrest was recorded by a dashboard camera. The suit alleges Iannetta and another officer filed false police reports to cover up the attack, and said Medina Pena only suffered a cut lip.

The 33-year-old Medina Pena is suing the city of Allentown, Mayor Ed Pawlowski, then-police chief Joel Fitzgerald, Iannetta, officer Patrick Bull and other unidentified officers.

Allentown solicitor Susan Wild said Iannetta’s actions during the May 30, 2015, arrest were reviewed by command staff and the solicitor’s office, and found to be appropriate under the circumstances. 

Iannetta has been with the Allentown Police Department for almost 15 years, has been honored for merit and bravery, and is an instructor and field training officer at the police academy, Wild said in a prepared statement.

“We look forward to the evidence in this case demonstrating that his actions were appropriate,” the solicitor said.

The suit alleges over the past decade Iannetta has had nine citizen complaints made against him involving physical and verbal abuse, one person injured during an arrest, and four use-of-force investigations. None of the complaints were determined to be founded, the suit says.

In a statement issued Friday evening, police Chief Keith Morris said that while the city didn’t want to “try the case in the news,” Medina Pena was believed to be an armed suspect at the time, and officers used “the minimal amount of force necessary to overcome the threat.”

“In today’s society, where officers are routinely being criticized for their use of firearms in encounters with suspects, this is an incident where an officer (based on his training) used a reasonable amount of force in response to the report of an armed suspect and necessitated by Mr. Medina Pena’s criminal actions, and took a felon into custody with minimal risk and injury to all involved,” the chief said.

Receptionist details strip club robbery

Police were called the night of May 30, 2015, for a reported armed robbery at Platinum Plus, 1253 Airport Road, on the east side of the city.

A man with a handgun demanded money from a club receptionist, and then fled with three other men in an SUV, police said.

Police learned Medina Pena and the three others spent about an hour at the business, but when the three men left, Medina Pena came back to the reception desk.

Receptionist Jessica Neff testified she had her back turned when Medina Pena said,”Give me all your money.” Neff testified she turned around and said,” Excuse me,” when Medina Pena said, “Give me all the money or I’ll shoot you.”

Medina Pena got about $1,594, and then he and the other men left the business in a black Ford Explorer, records say.

Allentown police Officer James Nusky spotted the vehicle at Third and Union streets and called for back-up. There was a brief chase, police said, during which a black bag with $1,565 inside was thrown out the vehicle window and later recovered by officers.

Eventually the SUV stopped at Fifth and Auburn streets.

Police said Medina Pena got out of the SUV and reached toward his waistband while walking toward officer Iannetta.

Medina Pena repeatedly refused to comply with Iannetta’s commands, according to police, and repeatedly reached near his waistband where a bag was resting across his body.

After Medina Pena was kicked, the vehicle’s driver has his hands out of the window, when Iannetta stuck his gun in the driver’s face, ‘violently’ ripped the driver out and threw the man on the ground, according to the lawsuit.

Iannetta jumped on the driver, rolled on top of him and pointed his gun in the driver’s face as other officers handcuffed the driver, the suit says. Iannetta then violently assaulted Medina-Pena again, while Medina-Pena was lying on the roadway with his hands behind his back, according to the lawsuit.

Medina Pena was then handcuffed by officer Bull. The suit claims that Iannetta celebrated the attack, at one point fist-bumping another officer, and that Bull did not report the attack.

Medina Pena pleaded guilty to robbery this past May, and was sentenced to 4 1/2 to 10 years in state prison. He is serving his sentence in the state prison in Coal Township in Northumberland County.

Sarah Cassi may be reached at scassi@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.

 

Allentown police probe reports of 15 to 20 shots fired

Assistant police Chief Gail Struss said a city man’s head injury may be related to multiple calls for gunshots.

Allentown police are investigating multiple calls of 15 to 20 shots fired Thursday night.

And a city man’s head injury could be related to those calls, according to Assistant police Chief Gail Struss.

Struss said police received several calls about the shots around 8 p.m. Thursday in the vicinity of 13th and Allen streets.

“Anything between 15 and 20 shots, people were reporting,” Struss said.

Moments after receiving those calls, a man in the 1100 block of Tilghman Street said he went outside to smoke a cigarette, heard a volley of gunfire and felt something fall down and cut his head open.

He went to Sacred Heart Hospital, where he received stitches for his wound, Struss said.

“He said he had no idea what hit him,” Struss said. “We have no idea whether it’s related. It may be.”

Police didn’t find any shell casings or property damage in the area of the calls. They’ll try again this morning, Struss said. No one turned up in any area hospitals with gunshot injuries, she said.

She said calls came from all over the area and it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where the shots may have been fired “due to the way the sound echoes off buildings.”

She’s hopeful police will have more luck with the search now that they’re aided by daylight.

“Sometimes, the sun comes up and people realize ‘Hey, my window was shot,'” she said.

Rudy Miller may be reached at rmiller@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @RudyMillerLV. Find Easton area news on Facebook.

 

Allentown fire in building at redevelopment site is arson

The three-story structure at 20 S. Hall St. was to be demolished.

A fire that destroyed an abandoned building targeted for redevelopment was intentionally set, according to the A…

Pregnant woman crawls through window onto roof during Allentown fire

An estimated 15 people were affected by the fire that ignited a set of row homes in the 500 block of North Jordan Street.

Four adults, including a pregnant woman who crawled out …

Man facing trial for allegedly raping sleeping woman

The woman fell asleep on her couch, following a July 4th party at her home, prosecutors said.

An Allentown man accused of raping a woman while she slept on her couch following a …

Allentown officers find shotgun in stashed duffle bag

Police were called a little before 2 a.m. to North 13th and Court streets for a report of shots fired.

Allentown officers investigating a report of gunshots found a shotgun …

Allentown police investigate shooting on Chew Street

Police responded to the shooting at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Allentown police are investigating a shooting Saturday afternoon on Chew Street.
At least one man was shot about 4 p.m. …

Masseur accused of sexually assaulting woman at salon

The woman was getting her nails done after work, Allentown police said.

An Allentown man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a city salon.
Allen Nhin, 57, was arres…

Boy seriously hurt after he’s hit by car in Allentown

The7-year-old was crossing the street when he was clipped by a mirror, police say.

A 7-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after he was clipped by a passing car’s mirror as he…