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Allentown man allegedly hurls beer bottle at bartender

Police said he also threatened to pull a gun

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is facing harassment charges after allegedly throwing a beer bottle at a bartender before threatening her with a handgun.

Police arrested Xavier Santiago-Ortiz, of the 700 block of North 11th Street, following the early-morning fracas at Mr. Dicks bar on North Seventh Street. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 34-year-old Monday afternoon, setting bail at $50,000.

Allentown police were dispatched to the bar at 801 N. Seventh St. about 1:15 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of someone threatening an employee with a gun. She told police that a man walked into the bar and started arguing with her, according to court records.

The man later identified as Santiago-Ortiz allegedly threw a full bottle of beer at the woman and told her he had a gun. Court records indicate he lifted his shirt and the victim reported seeing the black handle of a semi-automatic handgun in his waistband.

She described her alleged assailant as having two little pony tails atop his head and wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with white lettering on the sleeves and jeans.

Another officer spotted Santiago-Ortiz at Seventh and Liberty streets. He was taken back to the bar, where the victim identified Santiago-Ortiz.

During a search, police allege they found two pot cigars on Santiago-Ortiz. Court records do not indicate whether police found a handgun. Records do indicate that he was allegedly drunk as he slurred his speech and stumbled about with bloodshot eyes.

On the ride to police headquarters and in a holding cell, Santiago-Ortiz allegedly threatened an officer, telling the officer that he’d find him and family when he got out.

Police charged Santiago-Ortiz with misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, harassment and marijuana possession along with a summary offense of public drunkenness. He failed to post bail following his arraignment and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 8.

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