15 Mar Man injures two Lehigh County probation officers during scuffle
A 19-year-old Bethlehem man injured two Lehigh County probation officers on Tuesday when the officers were trying to take the man into custody.
According to various media reports, the incident happened Tuesday afternoon. Once the man was in custody, officials with Allentown police say they found a stolen handgun in his backpack.
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The suspects name is Abdul K. Benjamin, according to an article by The Morning Call.
“Allentown police were dispatched at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to 10th and Linden streets to assist probation officers in taking Benjamin into custody,” the article reads. “Police were told that Benjamin kicked one of the probation officers in the neck and another probation officer suffered a knee injury, according to court records.”
It was the probation officers who reportedly recovered the handgun from Benjamin’s backpack, police said. Benjamin had a felony conviction as a juvenile, so it is against the law for him to have a gun at all.
“Benjamin, of the 1800 block of Watkins Street, was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, receiving stolen property and two weapons violations,” the article reads. “He was arraigned by District Judge Michael Faulkner and sent to Lehigh County Jail under $150,000 bail.”