A man is in trouble with the law for making a false report to police that rival gang members -- one of them brandishing a gun -- were fighting in front of the Hotel Bethlehem, officials said.
Kevin B. Vinh was taken into custody at Step By Step, 702 Main St., Bethlehem, where he lives, not long after he phoned in the false report at 8:25 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
Police were alarmed by the report becaue the 400 and 500 blocks of Main Street are full of pedestrian and vehicular traffic during the holiday season, officials noted.
At first, Vinh told police he was asleep in his room at the psychiatric rehabilitation services center when police received the phony report, and denied that he owned a cell phone, officials said.
However, Vinh admitted he made the call after the Bethlehem Police Department's Communication Center dialed the number that phoned in the false report and reached Vinh's voice mail, officials said.
Police were led to Vinh by Hotel Bethlehem employees, who told them Vinh was in the area Saturday night bragging about "starting some [trouble]" on Main Street, officials noted.
Vinh, 27, was arraigned early Monday morning on charges of filing a false report with police and creating a false alarm and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $35,000 bail, according to court documents.
A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. Dec. 12.