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Bethlehem police arrest 18-year-old Sasha Lopez

Published On: Apr 01 2014 04:51:34 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2014 05:04:06 PM EDT


A woman told Bethlehem police  she wanted her adult daughter taken out of the house but then helped the younger woman try to escape after police handcuffed her and put her in their cruiser car.

The incident happened at 9  p.m. Monday at a home in the 1500 block of Irene Street in Bethlehem.

Police were told an unwanted family member was in the home.


When police arrived, 38-year-old Angela Rivera, who lived in the home, said she wanted 18-year-old Sasha Lopez, her daughter, removed. She said Lopez did not live there and was causing problems.

Police told Lopez she had to leave the house. Rather than complying, she continued arguing with her mother.

Police officers grabbed the young woman's arms. She pulled away, striking one of them in the upper torso.  She was handcuffed, taken outside and put into a police cruiser.

The mother and other family members walked outside with police. The mother opened the back door of the patrol car and helped Lopez back out of the vehicle.

Lopez attempted to run, but was restrained by one of the police officers. When she tried to break free, she was restrained and put on the ground.

As an officer was "securing" Lopez, she kicked him in the face. And a 16-year-old female family member who came outside struck him on the back. 

The officer pushed the 16-year-old away, then turned his attention back to Lopez. The girl then punched the officer in the back of the head and retreated into the crowd of family members that had gathered.

Police also arrested the mother, Rivera, and the 16-year-old girl.

The police officer had a bruise on the left side of his face and a cut lip.

Lopez has been charged with defiant trespass, simple assault, harassment, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, escape and disorderly conduct.

She was committed to Northampton County Prison. Bail was set at $25,000.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 21.

Rivera was charged with escape, disorderly conduct, and obstructing the administration of law enforcement.

The 16-year-old was charged with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, harassment, simple assault and obstructing the administration of law enforcement.