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Man used box cutter to rob teen , police say

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Nov 20 2013 07:11:01 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 21 2013 08:37:05 AM CST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man who took a few dollars and a cell phone from a teen after threatening him with a box cutter told his victim he needed money to buy diapers for his child, officials said.

Nixon J. Montalvo-Velez took two dollars handed to him by the 17-year-old, a dollar bill off the floor of the teen's car and the teen's $300 Apple iPhone after he held a red-handled box cutter near the teen's waist at Fritz Drive and Merriman Court, Bethlehem, around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

The teen said Montalvo-Velez was annoyed that he had so little cash, saying, "How am I supposed to pay for my daughter's diapers?" and when the teen asked Montalvo-Velez not to take his cell phone, Montalvo-Velez asked him, "Do you want to get stabbed?" officials said.

The teen first met Montalvo-Velez a short time before at a bowling alley on Stefko Boulevard, where the teen allowed Montalvo-Velez to use his cell phone, and after the teen got into his silver Suzuki as he was leaving the bowling alley, Montalvo-Velez tapped on his window and asked for a ride, officials noted.

After the robbery, Montalvo-Velez was picked up by a black Saturn registered to his friend, Alexa Kuilan, of 1036 Essex Court, Bethlehem, officials said.

When police went to Kuilan's home, they found Montalvo-Velez hiding under a bed on the second floor, officials said.

The stolen iPhone was located around 10:30 p.m. in a downspout at the rear of a home in the 1200 block of Dover Lane, Bethlehem, where the teen-age mother of Montalvo-Velez's child lives, officials said.

Police found the phone by "pinging" -- using the phone's built-in GPS system -- the same method that led them to the area, officials said.

The mother of Montalvo-Velez's child at first denied knowing anything about the stolen phone, but police became suspicious when they heard a back door slam after they finished talking with her, officials added.

Montalvo-Velez, 20, of 502 Ontario St., Bethlehem, was arraigned on charges of robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, harassment, making terroristic threats, assault and reckless endangerment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $25,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 4.