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Police arrest man in connection with Allentown's first homicide of 2012

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Police have arrested a man they said shot and killed a man who was Allentown's first homicide victim of 2012.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin on Tuesday announced the arrest of Enrique Manuel Ortiz in connection with the killing of Hagos F. Mezgebo.

Ortiz, 25, is also charged with illegally possessing a firearm, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.

According to arrest documents, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 200 block of Fountain Street just before 1 a.m. on Jan. 7.

Police found Mezgebo, 22, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds near Fountain and Chew streets.

After Ortiz allegedly shot Mezgebo, police said Ortiz fled the area and pulled out a gun and threatened three people he encountered.

Ortiz was arraigned Tuesday and committed to the Lehigh County Prison without bail.

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