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Bethlehem man allegedly threatens to shoot ex in the face

Police found victim hiding between two parked cars

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A woman told Allentown police that her ex-boyfriend showed up at her house, allegedly pulled a gun and asked her why he shouldn’t shoot her in the face.

Jose R. Gomez, of West Macada Road in Bethlehem, is now facing assault and weapons charges in connection with the incident early Monday morning. District Judge Rashid Santiago arraigned the 27-year-old, setting bail at $70,000.

Police were dispatched to the area of Sixth and Liberty streets about 4:20 a.m. in response to a 911 call from a woman claiming she was being chased by a man with a gun. A responding officer said he found her hiding between two cars and crying. Barely able to speak, she managed to tell police that her ex was chasing her with a gun, according to court records.

A man later identified as Gomez was detained at Eighth and Gordon streets.

The victim said Gomez contacted her through Facebook, asking her to come outside her house. After she sat in his car, Gomez allegedly pulled a handgun, loaded it, pointed it at her face and said, “Give me a reason why I shouldn’t shoot you in your face,” according to court records.

She grabbed the gun, prompting Gomez to again threaten her. The victim told police she let go of the gun and begged him not to shoot her.

Gomez was allegedly threatening his ex over a video that reportedly showed her kissing another man, a claim she denied. She told police that they drove to a friend’s house, and that he too told Gomez that nothing happened between his ex-girlfriend and another man.

Gomez then flashed the gun at his friend at which point the victim jumped out of the car and ran. Gomez gave chase, while she called 911.

Authorities found the 2006 Acura parked in a ‘no parking’ zone on Pine Street. It had been ticketed. Police said the gun was in plain view between the seat and driver’s door, and the officer also found a knife next to the gun.

Police charged Gomez with terroristic threats, two counts of simple assault, carrying a firearm without a license and harassment. He was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 15 after failing to post bail.


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