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Allentown police arrest unwelcome guest outside apartment building

Authorities said she was drunk, yelling at 2 a.m.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police arrested an unwelcome and allegedly drunken guest outside a North Fourth Street apartment building over the weekend.

Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Linden Street shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday to check on the welfare of a woman yelling and seen walking back and forth across the Linden Street Bridge over the Jordan Creek, according to court records.

When police arrived, they were directed to the front porch of an apartment building in the 100 block of North Fourth Street where the woman was talking on her phone. An officer tried to speak to the woman later identified as Lakisha N. Johnson, but she allegedly kept yelling into her cell phone and ignored the officer, according to records.

She did not live in the building, and court records list her home address in New York. It’s not clear from records why she was in Allentown.

Police smelled alcohol on her breath and said she had bloodshot eyes. When an officer grabbed her arm to take her into custody, Johnson pulled away, requiring police to use “substantial force” to arrest her.

Police charged Johnson with resisting arrest, public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and loitering. District Judge Michael Faulkner arraigned the 43-year-old Saturday, setting bail at $5,000.

She failed to post and was set to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 6.


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