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Police arrest man for allegedly shooting up Allentown apartment

An 18-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to the arm

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities allege a 21-year-old Allentown man fired wildly into a North 14th Street home late Friday afternoon, wounding a teenager inside.

Allentown police charged Roman “Peace” Bentley Jr., of the 100 block of North Poplar Street, with two counts of aggravated assault, seven counts of reckless endangerment and single counts of discharging a firearm into a home and carrying a firearm without a license. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 21-year-old Sunday on two sets of charges, setting bail at a combined $300,000.

Allentown police were dispatched to a home in the 300 block of North 14th Street shortly after 4 p.m. Friday to investigate a reported shooting. Officers said an 18-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his arm.

Authorities said several shots were fired into a second-floor apartment, and that several people were home at the time, according to court records. At least two victims reported seeing “sparks” coming off the kitchen door frame, and investigators said they found at least one spent bullet on the kitchen floor, where residents had been ducking, according to records.

Among the people inside the apartment during the shooting were a 17-year-old, a 14-year-old, two 13-year-olds, an 11-year-old and a 6-year-old.

Police said the gunshot victim identified Bentley through a photo array as they man who shot him. A second victim who was at the back of the apartment described to investigators they man he saw firing a handgun at the apartment.

Court records do not indicate why authorities believe Bentley allegedly shot at the apartment.

Allentown police spotted Bentley in the area of Turner and Lumber streets shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday. He was ordered to the ground, and officers said they found a .45 caliber Hi-Point handgun tucked in his waistband.

Bentley failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await preliminary hearings scheduled for May 8.

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