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Police chief: US Marshals snag South Bethlehem shooting suspect in New York

Bethlehem Police Department
Bethlehem resident Allen Jahmell Grimes, 18, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals over the weekend after being suspected of shooting a woman in Bethlehem a month ago.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — A suspected shooter who was on the run for the last month has been apprehended in New York, according to Bethlehem Police Chief Michelle Kott.

Allen Jahmell Grimes, 18, of Bethlehem, is reportedly awaiting extradition at Rikers Island in New York City after being caught by U.S. Marshals over the weekend.

As of Feb. 29, Grimes faced initial charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possessing instruments of crime.

“I’m just very happy that that individual is in custody."
Bethlehem Police Chief Michelle Kott, speaking on the arrest of suspected shooter Allen Jahmell Grimes

“I’m just very happy that that individual is in custody,” Kott said.

More details from the police department could be coming soon, the chief added.

On the run for a month

Grimes was named in the Feb. 28 shooting of a woman in the 400 block of Cherokee Street in South Bethlehem.

After BPD’s Emergency Response Team searched his home in the 600 block of the same street that evening, it was reported Grimes was at large.

Authorities said a man with the victim at the time of the shooting said he and Grimes knew one another and even had a prior conflict.

That day, the victim was reported to be in stable condition after suffering a gunshot wound to the neck.

No other status updates were provided Tuesday regarding the victim’s condition.