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Jasmine Mingo, 2 friends in trouble after stolen gun is fired en route to liquor store

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A woman who celebrated her 19th birthday by firing a stolen gun twice in the air while making a liquor run for a party in her honor is in trouble with the law, along with two of her pals, officials said.

Jasmine Mingo fired the shots from a Smith and Wesson .380 caliber Bodyguard pistol into the air while riding in a silver/grey Acura near Fairmount and Woodbine streets in Bethlehem at about 8:55 p.m. Friday, after she was given the gun by Anthony Holmes and told to shoot it to celebrate, officials said.

The driver of the car, Alphonso N. Matos, took the gun from Mingo and fired four more rounds in the air before giving the gun back to Holmes, officials added.

A police officer in the area heard the shots and saw the car, and eventually tracked the Acura to a state wine and liquor store on Stefko Boulevard, where Mingo, Holmes and Matos were taken into custody, officials said.

Police found two spent .380 caliber shells in the car and a pistol stolen in Newberry, S.C., on Holmes, who he said found it next to a garbage can near Mingo's home, officials said.

A plastic baggie of marijuana was also found near another passenger in the car, Eric Terry Jr., who admitted that the pot was his and that he had smoked some of it earlier, officials added.

Mingo, of the 1300 block of Hilton St., Bethlehem, and Matos, 20, of the 100 block of South Blank St., Allentown, were arraigned on charges of receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment, underage consumption of alcoholic beverages, and discharging a firearm with city limits, according to court documents. Mingo was also arraigned on a charge of carrying a firearm without a license, court papers show.

Holmes, 21, the 400 block East North St., Bethlehem, was arraigned on charges of receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license, theft and furnishing alcohol to minors, according to court documents.

Mingo, Matos and Holmes were each committed to the Northampton County Prison on $50,000 bail, according to court records.

A preliminary hearing for all three is set for 9 a.m. April 9.

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