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2 charged in connection with Fountain Park killing in Allentown

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Donna S. Fisher
For LehighValleyNews.com
An Allentown Police Department vehicle in Allentown, Pa. February, 2023.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Authorities have charged two men in connection with the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man at Fountain Park.

Arrested were Grelvis Estevez Cabrera, 27, of Bethlehem; and Carlos Nathaniel Landesta-Agramonte, 18, of the 400 block of East Court Street in Allentown, said the Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office.

Both are charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

"The investigation remains ongoing and we continue to ask the community for information and assistance to help identify and find others who may also be involved in the killing," District Attorney Gavin Holihan said in a prepared statement.

"These arrests are the culmination of dedicated law enforcement officers and city officials as well as those in the community who have provided critical tips to help solve this homicide."

The arrests of Cabreara and Landesta-Agramonte come after investigators tracked two vehicles that they said were involved in the shooting and fled after the gunfire early Saturday evening at the park in the 900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Killed was Angel Martinez-Velez, who was shot multiple times and was found by police dead on the basketball court, according to a news release.

Authorities said both Cabrera and Landesta-Agramonte arrived at the Allentown Police Department and were arrested on Wednesday.

District Judge David M. Howells Jr. arraigned them on the charges and ordered both to Lehigh County Jail without bail, the district attorney’s office said.

Police used numerous city surveillance cameras and license-plate readers, as well as input from witnesses and social media, to locate the vehicles and identify the suspects, Holihan said.

The vehicles appeared to be traveling together as they fled the park and were recorded on city cameras, he said.

Investigators tracked the cars and found them using Landesta-Agramonte's registration information less than two hours after the shooting, according to police.

Both vehicles — a dark Honda and Landesta-Agramonte's white Infinity — were found parked two blocks from his home and were seized with a search warrant, Holihan said.

Witnesses at the park described the two vehicles and said the gunman wore a red jacket, black pants and a mask; the front-seat passenger in the Honda was wearing a red jacket, authorities said.

Two men at the park had guns, witnesses told police.

Preliminary hearings for Cabrera and Landesta-Agramonte are set for Tuesday, June 11.