A 16-year-old Liberty High School student accused of pulling a gun on two men during a holdup is being charged as an adult, officials said.
Azim Brown pointed a small black handgun at Chris Kincaid and Stephen Pozzuto II on Columbia Street, at the south end of the Fahy Bridge, after asking Kincaid for a cigarette at about 6:50 p.m. Thursday, officials said.
Brown aimed the gun at Kincaid's stomach and told him to "run your pockets" after Kincaid offered him two cigarettes, officials said.
Brown took two packs of cigarettes worth $8 and a $200 cell phone from Kincaid's pockets and walked away, officials said.
Kincaid and Pozzuto, who knew their assailant only as Azim, each picked out Brown from photo lineups shown to them at police headquarters, officials said.
Police spotted Brown entering a relative's home at 510 East 4th St. around midnight, but he refused to surrender until 1:16 a.m. Friday, a half-hour after the city's Emergency Response Team was called in, officials said.
The stolen cigarettes and cell phone were recovered inside the home, officials said.
Brown, of 804 High St., Bethlehem, was arraigned on charges of robbery, theft, assault, reckless endangerment and carrying a firearm without a license and committed to Northampton County Prison on $75,000 bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set 11 a.m. Sept. 7.