Posted by Reblog: Lehigh Valley News.
Police say the woman picked up the alleged robber after he stole money from a teenager.
A Bethlehem woman is accused of lying to police when she told them a robbery suspect was not in her Essex Court home.
Alexa Kuilan, 38, of the 1000 block of Essex Court, faces a charge of hindering apprehension, according to court records.
Police investigating a Nov. 19 robbery at Merriman Court and Fritz Drive identified Nixon Montalvo-Velez as the person who threatened to stab a teen with a box cutter during a robbery, police said.
The teen had loaned Montalvo-Velez his cellphone and gave him a ride to his supposed home, police said. As the teen was dropping Montalvo-Velez off, the 20-year-old man pulled out the box cutter and demanded all of the teen’s money, police said.
After the alleged robbery, Montalvo-Velez got into Kuilan’s black Saturn. The teen provided police with her license plate number.
Police went to speak with Kuilan at her home and she claimed Montalvo-Velez had left her home, records indicate. She admitted she had picked him up at the intersection of Merriman Court and Fritz Drive but “she was adamant he was no longer inside the residence,” court documents say.
Kuilan allowed police to search her home to confirm that Montalvo-Velez was not there. He was found hiding underneath a bed on the second floor, police said.
Kuilan was arraigned today on one charge of hindering apprehension and sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $5,000 bail with a 10 percent option.
Montalvo-Velez was sent to jail Nov. 19 after he failed to post bail on robbery and related charges.