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Brent P. Strohm facing charges after quarrel leads to assault in Hellertown

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 10 2012 12:57:18 PM CST
HELLERTOWN, Pa. -

A man is facing charges after sending threatening text messages to his former girlfriend and hitting a good Samaritan who was trying to prevent a fight with the woman's new beau, officials said.

Brent P. Strohm was taken into custody following a short foot chase in the 1300 block of Main Street in Hellertown, Northampton Co., at about 2:10 a.m. Saturday, officials said.

Strohm hit George Velas, one of three men escorting Strohm's former girlfriend, April Miller, and Frank Levy to their apartment near the Beer Mussels Bar & Grille, 1214 Main St., Hellertown, officials said.

Strohm shoved and hit Velas in the right eye when Velas stepped between Strohm and Levy, officials said, adding that Strohm was given a breath test and found to have an blood alcohol reading of .22, more than twice the legal limit.

Strohm had been thrown out of the Beer Mussels after an altercation with Miller and Levy that included Strohm sending Miller text messages saying he would kill Levy, officials said.

Strohm, 36, of 3483 Cobble Road, Hellertown, was arraigned on charges of making terroristic threats, stalking, harassment, assault, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $15,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18.