Lehigh Valley

Suspect in cell store robberies allegedly issues death threats

D.A. says he threatened co-defendant, prosecutor

EASTON, Pa. - Prosecutors in Northampton County say a suspect linked to a string of cell phone store robberies across the Lehigh Valley has threatened his co-defendant and the assistant district attorney prosecuting the case.

The Northampton County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday filed paperwork indicating prosecutors plan on introducing the threats as evidence in the upcoming robbery trial of Gregory Lewis Jr. Authorities allege Lewis and Vaughn Felix robbed a series of cell phone stores and a Wilson Borough jewelry store.

The prosecution’s motion alleges Lewis told another inmate at Northampton County Prison that he wanted to have three people killed in connection to his case.

Lewis allegedly said he wanted to have Eric Watson killed because the 26-year-old sold stolen cell phones to a police detective. Lewis allegedly told the inmate he wouldn’t have been caught in connection to the cell phone store robberies had Watson not been arrested.

Watson pleaded guilty to a single felony count of receiving stolen property. He has since been sentenced to nine to 23 months followed by three years probation. He was made immediately eligible for work release.

Prosecutors allege Lewis told a fellow inmate that he wanted to have Felix, his co-defendant, killed in the event he’s cooperating with the prosecution. He’s also alleged to have said he wanted to kill the assistant district attorney who’s handling the case.

Lewis specified he wanted her killed at a pizza shop across the street from the courthouse, saying “there are a thousand ways to skin a cat,” according to court records.

Assistant District Attorney Patricia Fuentes Mulqueen said the district attorney’s office is investigating the alleged threats and whether Lewis will face additional charges.

Lewis is currently being held in Monroe County jail. Mulqueen said he was moved and separated from his co-defendant before the alleged threats came to light because of the nature and scope of the case against them.

The trial against Lewis and Vaughn is scheduled to begin Dec. 4, but both men are still awaiting a preliminary hearing on some charges. The prosecution may move to consolidate all the charges against the two men.

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