Lehigh Valley

Police allege man kidnapped wife, held her at gunpoint

The 34-year-old drove around for about an hour

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is facing kidnapping and assault charges after allegedly driving his wife around for about an hour threatening to kill her.

Authorities on Thursday morning arrested Jonathan Colon-Perez in Washington Township, Lehigh County, after allegedly forcing his wife into a car outside their Cedar Street home in Allentown. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 34-year-old Thursday night, setting bail at $100,000.

The Lehigh County 911 center first received a report of a woman being held in a car about 7:40 a.m., according to court records. The caller reported that a man in the car was pointing a gun at her and speeding up, so she could not get out of the vehicle, according to records.

When Pennsylvania State Police and members of Lehigh County law enforcement stopped the car in Washington Township, Colon-Perez was behind the wheel and his wife in the passenger seat, according to records. Authorities allege they found a Smith & Wesson .357 caliber handgun in the car.

The victim told authorities that Colon-Perez made her get into the car at their home in Allentown about 7 a.m. Colon-Perez allegedly pointed the gun at his wife, threatening to kill her and telling her that Thursday was "their last day," according to records.

Colon-Perez drove around for about an hour through Whitehall Township before being stopped in Washington Township. The victim reported that he would speed up every time she tried to get out of the car.

Authorities charged Colon-Perez with felony counts of kidnapping and carrying a firearm without a license. He also faces misdemeanor counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment and terroristic threats. He failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 22.


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