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Teen allegedly fires gun he claims he found in the street

Bethlehem police said gun was reported stolen

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem teen is facing charges for allegedly firing a stolen handgun he claimed he found on the street.

Authorities arrested Nysheed B. Gleaton Thursday night in the first block of West Goepp Street after investigating reports of shots fired about 11:30 p.m. District Judge Roy Manwaring arraigned the 18-year-old late Friday morning, setting bail at $50,000.

Police responded to the area of West Goepp and North New streets after several witnesses reported hearing what sounded like two gunshots coming from the first block of West Goepp Street, according to court records. Witnesses also reported seeing a man wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and light-colored jeans in the area of the gunshots.

An officer spotted a man, later identified as Gleaton, matching the description provided by witnesses, chasing him to a home in the first block of West Goepp Street. Gleaton told authorities he was taking a walk when he found the gun, which accidentally fired while he was examining it.

He then put the gun in his pocket, ran from police and hid the weapon in a toilet inside the West Goepp Street home. The address in court records is the same address listed for Gleaton.

A resident in the house allowed police to search for the gun. Officers recovered a Cobra .380 handgun that was reported stolen in December. Gleaton told police he fired the gun at Radley and West Goepp streets, where officers then recovered two shell casings.

Police charged Gleaton with receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license, reckless endangerment and discharge of a firearm. The teen failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Feb. 20.

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