Thursday, January 3, 2013
South Whitehall Police report the FBI is now assisting their investigation of the Dec. 28 armed robbery.
The car driven by three armed robbers leaving Bixler's Jewelers Friday, Dec. 28, was found Sunday in a residential Salisbury Township neighborhood, according to South Whitehall Police Investigator Jerome Cramer. It is the only new information Cramer had to report about a "sophisticated" crime unlike any he's ever investigated. The jewelry store robbery was actually the second stage of a crime that started at the Bethlehem home of a longtime Bixler's employee. In its weekend crime summary, Bethlehem Police said a man and woman were robbed by armed gunmen at 1946 Kenny Drive and that the incident was being investigated jointly by Bethlehem and South Whitehall Township detectives. The masked suspects broke through a back door, held a gun to…
Friday, August 24, 2012
A dramatic April 2011 home invasion case in South Whitehall is headed to Lehigh County Court, following testimony at a preliminary hearing Thursday.
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Friday, August 24, 2012
A failed hip-hop concert promotion led to a home invasion and shooting on South Drive in South Whitehall in April 2011, according to a report in The Morning Call. Terrance Jamal Brown, who is charged in the case, testified at Mikael R. Coles' preliminary hearing on Thursday that Coles went to the home on South Drive to get back the $20,000 he had put up for a hip-hop concert in Philadelphia. The artist didn't show, and, according to the report, Brown testified that Coles wanted to get his money back from concert promoter Jermaine Herod, who lived on South Drive. Jermaine Herod was shot in the home invasion. The intruders had worn masks. District Judge Robert C. Halal sent the charges against Coles, 25, of Philadelphia, to Lehigh County …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Lower Moreland police took Mikael Rafael Coles Jr. into custody over the weekend, South Whitehall police said. Arrests do not indicate a conviction.
A 25-year-old Philadelphia man is now in custody on charges he took part in a dramatic April 2011 home invasion and shooting on South Drive in South Whitehall. Mikael Rafael Coles Jr., of 5551 Ardleigh St. in the city's East Germantown section, was taken into custody Saturday by Lower Moreland police and later arraigned before District Judge Jacob Hammond, South Whitehall investigator Jerome Cramer said. Coles is in Lehigh County prison in lieu of bail. Coles had gone to the house on South Drive to get back some money that the homeowner's oldest son, Jermaine Herod, had borrowed, according to the arrest affidavit. The money was believed to be in a safe. Patch reported on Friday that Coles was being sought in the case and that an arrest…
Friday, July 27, 2012
South Whitehall police have issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect in a 2011 home invasion on South Drive in South Whitehall.
An arrest warrant has been issued for a 25-year-old Philadelphia man on charges he took part in a dramatic 2011 home invasion and shooting on South Drive in South Whitehall that had left the homeowner's son wounded. The warrant has been issued for Mikael Rafael Coles Jr., according to court records and South Whitehall police. He is the second suspect named in the case. Police earlier arrested Terrance Jamal Brown of Philadelphia. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31. According to the arrest affidavit, three armed men broke into Linden Herod's home on South Drive through a basement window at 4:25 a.m. on April 25, 2011, and “herded father, mother, three sons and a juvenile cousin into an upstairs bathroom.” The men …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The preliminary hearing for a man accused of taking part in a 2011 home invasion and shooting in South Whitehall has been rescheduled for July 31.
A preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday, July 17 for a suspect in a 2011 South Whitehall burglary and shooting has been postponed until Tuesday, July 31. The suspect, Terrance Jamal Brown of Philadelphia, is accused of taking part in the April 2011 burglary of a home at 2998 South Drive and the shooting of Jermaine Herod, one of the occupants. According to the arrest affidavit filed by South Whitehall police, Brown was arrested in February and charged with aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, recklessly endangering and criminal conspiracy. In the early morning hours of April 25, 2011, three armed men wearing masks entered the home of Linden Herod through a basement window and “herded the father, mother, three sons and a juvenile …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a suspect accused of taking part in a 2011 home invasion and shooting in South Whitehall.
A fresh cigarette butt found near the scene of a dramatic 2011 home invasion and shooting that left a South Whitehall man wounded was among the evidence that led to an arrest of a suspect, police said. A preliminary hearing for Terrance Jamal Brown, 24, of Philadelphia is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at Lehigh County Central Court on charges he took part in a burglary by three armed men that resulted in the shooting of Jermaine Herod at his family’s home at 2998 South Drive in the township. According to the arrest affidavit filed by South Whitehall police, a warrant was issued for Brown's arrest last February and he was charged with aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, recklessly endangering and criminal conspiracy. In the early morning …