Police arrested an Allentown teenager Tuesday for a series of crimes, including throwing a knife through a car window, theft and smoking pot in a hotel stairwell.
District Judge Ronald Manescu arraigned Joseph Rivera, of the 300 block of Ridge Avenue, Tuesday night on three separate sets of charges for offenses dating back to June. Manescu set bail at a collective $22,500, and the 19-year-old was sent to Lehigh County Jail after failing to post bail.
Allentown police were called to Ridge Avenue and American Parkway June 17 for reports of a group of people blocking traffic at the intersection.
A Honda Odyssey minivan and a Ford Windstar were driving north in the 700 block of Ridge Avenue, when the drivers stopped for a red light at the intersection with American Parkway. After the driver of the Windstar mistakenly pulled into the left-turn lane, police said she turned on her right turn signal and pulled ahead of the minivan when the light turned green.
That’s when Rivera allegedly jumped out of the Windstar and threw a folding knife through the back window, causing about $500 in damage.
Police said they next encountered Rivera July 31 at the Super 8 motel at 1033 Airport Road. A clerk called police just after midnight about a group of males who were asked to leave because they weren’t renting a room there.
An officer was directed to a stairwell, where he met Rivera and an “overwhelming odor” of pot, according to court records. Police said a search turned up nine packets of heroin in his pocket.
And on Tuesday, the victim of a robbery two days earlier called police to the 300 block of Ridge Avenue because he spotted the alleged robber standing in front of a “no loitering” sign.
Police allegedly found Rivera listening to music on the stolen cell phone. An officer also allegedly found three prescription pills not prescribed to him.
While police were waiting for a patrol vehicle to take Rivera to headquarters, he and the victim allegedly began yelling at each other. Police said Rivera admitted to stealing the phone because the victim kept offering him beer and trying to touch him.
Authorities charged the teen with theft, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and propelling a missile into an occupied vehicle.