Lehigh Valley

Pair accused in drug deal turned robbery

Victim said he was selling the men marijuana wax

S. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - A pair of Lehigh County men is facing assault and robbery charges after allegedly setting up a drug buy in hopes of robbing the seller.

South Whitehall Township police charged Julius “Juju” Berghold and Matthew P. Frederick in connection with the alleged attack at Berghold’s Cambridge Circle home Friday night. District Judge Ronald Manescu arraigned the 19-year-olds over the weekend, setting bail for each at $10,000.

Police responded to the 3400 block of Cambridge Circle about 8:15 p.m. Friday to investigate a reported assault. An officer found the victim bloodied with a cut above his eye. He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest for stitches to close the large wound.

Authorities said the victim identified one of his attackers as Berghold.

The victim told police that he was trying to sell marijuana wax to Berghold, when he was assaulted. Matthew Frederick allegedly told investigators that he and Berghold indeed planned to rob the victim.

Police said Frederick admitted they managed to steal the stash.

Frederick faces felony counts of aggravated assault and conspiracy along with a misdemeanor count of simple assault. He was arraigned late Friday night and released from Lehigh County Jail Saturday after posting bail.

Berghold faces the same charges along with a felony count of robbery. He was arraigned late Saturday and released from county jail Sunday after posting bail.

Frederick is scheduled for an April 21 preliminary hearing, while Berghold is due in court on April 24.


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