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Police arrest second suspect in Easton laundromat beating

The victim suffered a broken jaw and eye socket

EASTON, Pa. - Easton police have arrested a second suspect in connection to an April robbery outside a laundromat that left the victim with a broken jaw and eye socket.

Authorities charged Daniel Gonzalez Jr., of the 900 block of Ferry Street, with robbery and assault. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 23-year-old Sunday night, setting bail at $50,000.

Police were dispatched to the 100 block of South Ninth Street about 8:45 p.m. April 13 to investigate a report of a fight. Officers arrived at the 10th Street Laundromat to find a damaged glass door, a cell phone case and blood on the ground.

Officers found the victim in the 900 block of Lehigh Street, and he reported that three men attacked him, taking his iPhone and $100 in cash. The victim said one of the men also used a racial epithet toward him. He provided descriptions of the men and told police that one of them lived in the 900 block of Ferry Street, according to court records.

Police located and identified Julio Huertas-Negron, Daniel Gonzalez Jr. and a third man.

Officers said the victim’s left eye was swollen shut and bruised and that his jaw was also swollen. Authorities later learned the victim suffered a broken jaw and broken orbital bone

Surveillance video from the laundromat allegedly showed three men punching and kicking the victim in the head, face and torso, according to court records. Police report that the video also shows the victim being pushed into the glass door and his phone and money being stolen.

Police issued arrest warrants in April for Gonzalez and Huertas-Negron. Charges filed against the third man but have since been withdrawn.

Authorities charged Gonzalez with aggravated assault, robbery, simple assault, reckless endangerment, criminal conspiracy and criminal mischief. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug. 15.

Huertas-Negron faces the same charges, including a count of racial intimidation. His bail was changed to 10 percent of $25,000, which he posted in April. His next court date is a formal arraignment scheduled for Sept. 13.

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