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Bus stop fracas leaves victim beaten with broom, wallet stolen

Suspect first accused man of stealing his wallet

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Authorities allege a Northampton County man waiting for a bus accused a fellow rider of stealing his wallet before beating the man with a broom and stealing his wallet.

Bethlehem police charged Stephon W. McDonald-Covington with robbery and theft in connection to an alleged attack outside the Metro Mart at 635 Guetter St. on April 17. District Judge John Capobianco arraigned the 26-year-old Friday, setting bail at $20,000.

Bethlehem police said the victim flagged down an officer at Main and West Market streets about 1 a.m. April 17 to report that he had been robbed about 30 minutes earlier.

The victim said he had been waiting at a LANTA bus stop, when a man later identified as McDonald-Covington approached him. The two men spoke for a short time before McDonald-Covington allegedly accused the victim of stealing his wallet.

When the victim produced his own wallet to prove he didn’t have anyone else’s wallet, McDonald-Covington allegedly slapped it out of his hand and punched the victim in the face, according to court records. The victim said he fell to the ground, which is when McDonald-Covington allegedly grabbed a broom from outside the Metro Market and proceeded to beat him on the arms.

McDonald-Covington then left with the victim’s wallet, cell phone and bag of clothes, according to court records.

The victim picked his attacker out of a photo array two days later, and police said LANTA surveillance footage from outside the Metro Mart showed McDonald-Covington attacking the victim.

McDonald-Covington, whose last known address was in the 400 block of Hayes Street, failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 16.

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