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Police capture man with knife hiding under vehicle

Published On: Sep 30 2013 03:29:55 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 30 2013 03:36:14 PM EDT

 A man with a kitchen knife who had demanded cigarettes after breaking into a home had to be dragged out from under a vehicle where he was hiding by police, officials said.

Jose A. Ortiz-Benabe was taken into custody after being pulled out from under a vehicle in the 400 block of Wyandotte Street in Bethlehem around 1:35 a.m. Saturday.

Police were called to the area after Ortiz-Benabe went through the front entrance of an apartment building at 415 Wyandotte St. with two kitchen knives and tried unsuccessfully to enter Earl Woodrow's home, officials said.


Ortiz-Benabe then crossed the street to the home of Jason Schmeltzer, 414 Wyandotte St., cut the screen to the first floor window with the knife, opened the window and stuck his head inside and began demanding cigarettes while holding the knife in his hand, officials said.

When police found Ortiz-Benabe, he threw the knife out from under the vehicle, but he fought with officers when they tried to handcuff him.

While he was being taken to police headquarters, Ortiz-Benabe continued to spit blood on the back divider of the patrol car, officials added.

Ortiz-Benabe, 28, of who resides on Fiot Avenue in Bethlehem, was arraigned on charges of burglary, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, public drunkenness and institutional vandalism and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $15,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. Friday.