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Drug deal in Allentown ends in gruesome killing in Lehighton

LEHIGHTON, Pa. - Police say two men who traveled to Allentown together for a drug deal got into a fight, and now one of them is dead and the other is in jail.

It's all related to the suspicious death in Lehighton, Carbon County reported Tuesday.

Police say 29-year-old Yessy Rivera took a trip with 44-year-old Brian Lindner and others to take care of some drug business in Allentown.

Before the group headed back to Lehighton, police say Rivera assaulted Lindner, left him behind and took his car.

Somehow Lindner found his way back to a home in the 900 block of Coal Street in Lehighton.

Inside, police say Lindner confronted them about ditching him and taking his car.

At some point, police say Rivera pulled a knife and cut Lindner's throat, killing him.

It's not exactly clear what day that happened, because police say the witness admitted he didn't call it in right away because he was scared.

Investigators found Lindner's body Tuesday morning in a pool of blood. They say his car was also gone.

Sometime Tuesday though, police found Lindner's car and Rivera on Delaware Drive in Easton.

Photos obtained from a neighbor show the dramatic moments when Rivera was arrested. In one photo, you can see an officer with his gun drawn. In another, Rivera is on the ground.

Police say according to a woman who ran off with Rivera, the pair first tried to hide away in Virginia, but ran out of cash so they came back to Pennsylvania.

Rivera has had several run-ins with the law. Online records show he was charged as recently as April 2017 for DUI charges. He's also been charged with aggravated assault, endangerment and drug charges.

Police say Rivera confessed to being there when Lindner died, but denied killing him.

He was denied bail and is currently in Carbon County Prison.

River is set to appear for his preliminary hearing on charges including homicide May 10.

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