Teen to be charged as adult in knifepoint robbery

Author: , WFMZ.com Reporter
Published: Nov 25 2013 05:48:27 PM EST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A boy just days shy of his 18th birthday is being charged as an adult for a robbery at knife point that involved cash and a cell phone, officials said.

Isaia Monte held a steak knife to Jarrett Rotz's neck in the kitchen of a third-floor apartment at 728 East 6th St., Bethlehem, at 3:15 p.m. Saturday and demanded money and Rotz's cell phone, officials said.

Rotz was visiting the apartment when Monte asked him for his money, and when Rotz told him no, Monte put him in a headlock and dragged him into the kitchen, officials said.

Rotz, who told police he was "terrified," handed over $22 in cash and his $100 purple LG Touch Screen phone, then left the apartment and went to Looper's bar at 313 East 3rd St., where the manager allowed him to call for help, officials said.

Monte was found by police at the apartment, and Rotz, seated in a patrol car,  identified him when he came outside, officials noted.

Assistant District Attorney Mike Thompson approved charging Monte, who will turn 18 on Saturday, as an adult, officials said.

Monte, of 803 East 4th St., Bethlehem, was charged with robbery, assault, receiving stolen property and theft and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $50,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 6.