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Qwashawn Cruz arrested for assaulting woman Tuesday, possession of drugs Wednesday

18-year-old Whitehall man captured by Allentown police Wednesday

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An 18-year-old Whitehall man has been arrested for threatening to shoot and kill his ex-girlfriend Tuesday evening.

Allentown police report that Qwashawn William Cruz struck the woman in the head and face, choked her and pointed a gun at her early Tuesday evening.

He also was been charged for heroin found in his possession when police arrested him near 14th and Liberty streets in the city on Wednesday afternoon.

At about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, police received a call from a woman who said she had been held against her will at gunpoint by her ex-boyfriend.

Police reported that Cruz called her and asked her to go to St. Luke's Hospital in Allentown, saying he had been shot and was being treated. 

She told police she was reluctant to go because they recently broke up, but did go to check on Cruz.

When she arrived at the hospital at 1735 Hamilton St., Cruz met her in the parking lot with a gun in his waistband.  He ordered her back into the car and forced her to drive around the city.

While she was driving, he struck her in the face several times, causing a bloody lip.

He also pointed the handgun at her several times and threatened to shoot and kill her, according to police.

For her own safety, the woman jumped out of the car near the intersection of 12th Street and Sumner Avenue. She told police she was able to stop a passing motorist, jump inside that car and get away.

Cruz fled the scene in her vehicle.  A short time later her car was found in a parking lot at 350 Mickley Run in Whitehall Township.  Police were able to follow footprints from the parked car to the apartment building where Cruz resided.

On Wednesday afternoon, Allentown police conducting a separate investigation were waiting to arrest Cruz in the 1300 block of Liberty Street.

Just before 2 p.m., police stopped a vehicle in the 300 block of North 14th Street and removed Cruz, who was a passenger.

When Cruz was taken into custody, police found seven bags of heroin on the car seat where he had been sitting.  When taken into custody, Cruz was carrying $657 in cash and two cellular phones.

He was charged with possession of drugs and possession with intent to deliver.

 For the Tuesday evening attack, he was charged with unlawful restraint, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, unauthorized use of an automobile and two counts of simple assault.

Cruz is in Lehigh County Prison. Bail on all charges totaled $40,000.

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