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Police: Teen fatally shot during sale of an XBox

He was shot last month in his N. Nagle Street home

Police: Teen fatally shot during sale...

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Allentown police said the fatal shooting of a teenager inside a Nagle Street home in April stemmed from the sale of a video game system.

Alonso A. Blue, of the 800 block of Greenleaf Street, is facing single counts of homicide and robbery in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old George Concepcion. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 20-year-old Friday night. Blue remains in Lehigh County Jail without bail.

Allentown police were dispatched to a home in the 200 block of North Nagle Street about 11 p.m. April 12 to investigate a reported shooting. Authorities found Concepcion on the living room shot in the torso.

Medical personnel took the teen to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, where he was pronounced dead almost two hours later.

Witnesses told investigators that Concepcion had been selling an XBox One on Facebook and through an OfferUp account, according to court records. A witness reported that Concepcion had been speaking with someone through what she believed was Facebook Messenger, according to records.

She told police she saw a man later identified as Blue speaking with the victim a few minutes later and inspecting a game controller. The witness reported hearing gunshots moments later and allegedly saw Blue running from the home carrying the XBox.

Police said they found a Chicago Bulls hat inside the house that investigators believed belonged to Blue.

Authorities inspected the victim’s Facebook account the next day and found a Messenger chat about selling the XBox with a user identified as “Zoey.” Investigators were then able to use Concepcion’s iPhone to review his Facebook account, which showed a more detailed version of the conversation. It also revealed a Facebook user name “Zoey Bang” and a profile picture, police said.

The detective recognized Blue during his time as a school resource officer at Raub Middle School. Police said a review of the Instagram page for “Zoey Bang” revealed a photo of Blue wearing the same type of hat found at Concepcion’s home.

After police arrested Blue on an unrelated matter Friday, he allegedly admitted to showing up at the victim’s house to purchase the XBox. He allegedly told police that he “tussled” with the victim, picked up a gun and fired. Court records do not indicate to whom the gun belonged.

Blue told police he ran out of the house, dumping the gun and the XBox in a garbage bin.

Last year, the Allentown Police Department opened a 24-hour monitored safe space for sales like this one, called the Internet exchange site, at the patrol station on Hamilton Street in Allentown.

"The big thing is we don't want people to do this at their homes, we don't want people to go to other people's homes where they might be out of their element," said Assistant Chief Bill Reinik.

Blue is also facing charges for theft by deception, forgery and passing bad checks for allegedly cashing a fake payroll check on April 14, two days after the shooting.

Pawn Plus Inc. in the 600 block of North Seventh Street reported to Allentown police that Blue allegedly cashed a $332 check from Express Employment Professionals, according to records. The check was returned on April 21 as invalid.

An Express Employment official told police Blue was not employed by the company and that the check was not a valid company check. The address he provided was vacant, so an arrest warrant was issued on April 25.

Hammond set bail on the forgery and theft charges at $10,000. Blue is tenatively scheduled for a preliminary hearing in both cases on May 5.


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