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Homicide arrest

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by The Press in Police Log

A Bethlehem man has been arrested for the shooting death of a man in Fountain Hill Aug. 28.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced in a release Friday that Emmanuel Lopez, 29, of Market Street, is charged with criminal homicide and carrying firearms without a license.

Officers responding to a reported shooting on Seneca Street the evening of Aug. 28 found 36-year-old Johnathan Diaz wounded in the chest, and he was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s University Hospital.

Martin said police had witness statements, the description of a dark SUV, and a boxcutter found at the scene, which was tested and confirmed to be coated in Lopez’s blood. Video also allegedly confirms Lopez had visited the hospital for treatment within an hour of being cut.