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Domestic assault suspect arrested after intense standoff in Bethlehem

Suspect armed with a box cutter.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Bethlehem Police were able to safely take a domestic assault suspect into custody after a tense standoff Saturday evening.

Police were called to the 900 block of E. Mechanic Street around 7:15 p.m. for a report of a female with injuries to her face and neck area. The victim also reportedly had knife wounds on one of her hands.

The victim was located at her neighbor's house, where she ran to get help, and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Officers then went to the victim's house where they allegedly found 30-year-old Thadius Banks armed with a yellow box cutter and refusing to come out.

Police said Banks was calm at times but would quickly change to agitated.

Bethlehem Police Department's Crisis Negotiation Team spoke to Banks for more than an hour.

Police said the standoff ended safely when Banks came to the front door to yell at officers. A member of Bethlehem's Emergency Response Team shocked him with a Taser giving officers the opening they needed to make an arrest.

Banks is being charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, resisting arrest and assault by strangulation.

Police said he was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg for treatment. 


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