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Fugitive who was part of Facebook sneaker robbery is arrested

Northampton County sheriff’s deputies and others take two men into custody on state parole violation warrants.

A man who participated in a robbery tied to a sneaker sale arranged on Facebook and another man who pleaded guilty to a drug crime were arrested Tuesday morning in Allentown on Pennsylvania parole violation warrants.

The U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Department Criminal Warrants Division, Pennsylvania State Parole agents and Allentown police served the warrants at two city locations to make the arrests, sheriff’s department Sgt. Michael Orchulli said.

Javon Gordon, 21, was picked up at 551 Mohawk St., Orchulli said. Alex Ali, 28, was arrested at 40 N. 12th St., Orchulli added. Both were taken to Lehigh County Prison.

Facebook sneaker sale ends with robbery

Gordon was on parole after a 16-month to five-year sentence from a Sept. 20, 2015, robbery that began when a 15-year-old agreed with another teenager to buy three pairs of Jordan sneakers and other items in Allentown, police said at the time. Gordon and another teen accompanied the 15-year-old and Gordon pulled the victim to the ground while the 15-year-old pointed a gun, police said.

Instead of buying sneakers, the trio took them and a Mongoose bicycle, an Under Armor bag, three Gucci belts, two hats and a Droid phone, police said.

Gordon pleaded guilty on March 26, 2016, to robbery and conspiracy, but records show he was paroled well short of serving his full sentence.

Court papers don’t show how Gordon violated parole.

Drug probe yields heroin arrest

Ali was arrested in March 2016 during a Moore Township police narcotics operation, police said at the time.

Alex Ali.jpegAlex Ali. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com)

Officers knew he was wanted on a parole violation tied to previous drug crimes so when they saw him March 19 in the first block of Woodsdale Court in the Hickory Hills mobile home development, they took him into custody, they said.

When searched, it was learned he had 30 individually wrapped packets of heroin in a pack of cigarettes, police said.

He was paroled Jan. 21 of this year, records show. Orchulli didn’t specify the nature of the parole violation, but Ali owed $2,333.99 in court fees and fines and hadn’t made any payments, records show.

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Man who once asked police if he had warrants is arrested

He faces drug charges after sheriff’s deputies and U.S. marshals served a warrant on Friday.

An Easton man, who was arrested on robbery charges in 2012 after calling police to ask if there were any warrants out for him, now faces drug charges, authorities say.

Samad McKoySamad McKoy. (Courtesy photo | For lehighvalleylive.com) 

Northampton County sheriff’s deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service were serving a warrant Friday morning in an apartment at 619 Northampton St. in Easton when Samad McKoy, 33, was found in possession of heroin and crack cocaine, city police say in court papers.

Police were called in to make the drug arrest.

McKoy was arraigned at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday before District Judge Antonia Grifo on two counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs, court papers say. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail, records show.

McKoy was the target of the marshals’ violent fugitive task force operation, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the warrant was from a parole violation or something else. Deputies were also doing an unrelated warrant sweep during that period on Friday.

Paperwork shows McKoy had failed to pay court fees and fines and restitution in two robberies, but it doesn’t show a bench warrant.

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McKoy pleaded guilty in May 2012 to robbing a pair of delivery men — one bringing him Chinese food in November 2011 and the other carrying pizza in January — and was sentenced to 10 months to three years in prison after initially getting 18 months to four years, records show.

After the pizza delivery robbery, he called police to ask if they had a warrant out for him in the “Papa John’s robbery,” court records said at the time. He was arrested Jan. 25 of that year and both delivery men identified him from photo arrays, police said.

He was released from prison in 2015, records show, but was back behind bars until March 18 of this year in Lawrence County. It’s unclear why he was jailed there.

His preliminary hearing on the drug charges is tentatively scheduled 1:30 p.m. June 21 in Grifo’s Downtown court.

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