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Police: Parolee ditches illegal gun after landing haymaker

27-year-old punched man outside Pantry One

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Police allege that a parolee allegedly tried to ditch an illegal handgun after sucker punching a man sitting in a parking lot late Sunday night.

Kashon L. Applewhite, of Laury Street in Bethlehem, faces weapons and assault charges in connection to the what the victim described as an unprovoked attack outside the Pantry One on Bethlehem’s south side. District Judge Douglas Schlegel arraigned the 27-year-old Monday morning, setting bail at $25,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by Northampton County pre-trial services.

Bethlehem police were called to West Packer Avenue and Vine Street about 11:45 p.m. Sunday to assist Lehigh University police with an assault report outside the market at 25 E. Morton St. The victim told police that he was sitting in the parking lot when a man later identified as Applewhite allegedly punched him in the face, according to court records.

Authorities said the victim, who had blood streaming from his nose, contacted Lehigh University police about the assault. Bethlehem police apprehended Applewhite at Brodhead and Warren streets after a short chase.

Police said Applewhite appeared to drop a handgun behind a bush on West Packer Avenue before running from officers. Authorities found a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 handgun with one bullet in the chamber and two more in the magazine. Police said the gun’s serial number was also obliterated.

The victim identified Applewhite as the man who punched him, according to police.

A records check revealed that Applewhite did not possess a carry permit and that he is currently on parole for a possession with intent to deliver conviction.

Police charged him with felony counts of illegal possession of a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number. Applewhite also faces simple assault and harassment charges.

After failing to post bail, he was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for September 22.

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