Posted by Reblog: Lehigh Valley News.
Andres Cordero, 44, of the 800 block of Evans Street in Bethlehem, faces a slew of charges including retail theft, aggravated assault and escape.
A Bethlehem man stole $200 of merchandise from CVS and then led police on a foot chase and assaulted an officer Monday through South Side Bethlehem, police say.
Andres Cordero, 44, of the 800 block of Evans Street, faces a slew of charges including retail theft, aggravated assault and escape. He was arraigned and sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $40,000 bail, court records indicate.
Bethlehem police received a report of a man shoplifting from the West Fourth Street CVS about 12:40 p.m. Monday, court documents state. Officer Russell Lande encountered Cordero on Graham Street, holding the stolen merchandise, documents indicate.
As Lande attempted to detain Cordero and explain why he was under arrest, Cordero grabbed Lande’s hand, squeezed it tightly and Cordero swung at Lande’s face and chest with his other hand, police said.
Lande managed to free his hand as Cordero hit him in the chest and chin, documents state. Cordero pushed Lande, ran and threw the stolen times into a parking lot, records state.
Lande gave chase and Cordero ran in front of oncoming traffic on South New Street, causing a car to suddenly stop and slide on the icy road, police said.
Cordero again refused to stop and then ran onto the South Bethlehem Greenway, startling people on the trail, police said. Cordero ran onto Adams Street, then onto East Fourth Street in front of oncoming traffic, which had to stop suddenly to avoid striking Cordero, records indicate.
Cordero was eventually taken into custody after the foot chase and police found he had a hypodermic needle, records indicate.