Teen held knife to boy's throat to steal cigarettes

Joshua M. Schlier is being charged as an adult

Posted: 4:30 PM EDT Aug 16, 2013
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 A 17-year-old is facing charges for stealing cigarettes and a lighter from a  boy at knifepoint and then threatening to cut his throat last week.

Joshua M. Schlier was with a group of other males when he first called out to the juvenile and then put a knife to the his throat and ordered him to empty his pockets in the 600 block of Masslich Street in Bethlehem at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10, officials said.

After the boy complied, Schlier took his two packs of American Spirit cigarettes and Bic lighter, but told him he could keep his "crappy cell phone."

Schlier told the boy if he ever saw him on the block again, he would "put holes" in him, slice his throat and put him "in the tub with lime juice," officials said.

After the juvenile returned home, he was called by a man who promised to return the cigarettes if the juvenile met him behind a pizza shop in the 500 block of Main Street. But when the juvenile went there with his mom the man returned just one pack with two cigarettes in it, officials said.

The boy and his mom saw Schlier walk out the front of the pizzeria, but when the  mother tried to question him, he ran back into the building.

The  mother contacted an officer working in the area because of Musikfest and he detained Schlier.

Asst. District Attorney Michael Thompson approved charging Schlier as an adult, officials noted.

Schlier, of 63 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, was arraigned Friday on charges of robbery, receiving stolen property, making terroristic threats and theft and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $100,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 26.