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Police: Man beaten, his beer stolen

A Bethlehem man is facing assault, theft charges

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem man is facing assault charges for allegedly beating a man sitting on the sidewalk and stealing his beer.

Bethlehem police charged Eric B. Hackley, of Wyandotte Street, with simple assault, theft and harassment in connection with the alleged assault outside a Subway on East Fourth Street. District Judge Richard Yetter arraigned the 55-year-old Sunday night, setting bail at $10,000. The judge allowed for unsecured bail, if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

Police were dispatched to the first block of East Fourth Street about 9:30 p.m. Friday to investigate a report of a fight. Police arrived to find the victim with a slightly swollen face and dried blood on his chin from his mouth and nose, according to court records.

He told officers that he was sitting on the sidewalk outside Subway holding a beer, when Hackley approached.

Hackley allegedly punched the man in the face and body several times, according to records. Police said the victim complained of rib pain.

After the assault, Hackley grabbed the man’s beer and left, police said. The victim was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill for treatment.

Hackley failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 16.

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