Allentown homicide suspect leads pursuit into Schuylkill County, police say

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COALDALE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There was a heavy police presence at home on Fisher Avenue in Coaldale, after Allentown police say the suspect was involved in a homicide in the Lehigh Valley.

Police say members of the department responded to Oswego Street in Allentown just before 10:00 a.m. after a 911 call reporting that the boyfriend of his neighbor killed her. Officers say a female suffered a gunshot wound to the head, she was identified as Joan Cressman.

Witnesses told police they heard loud pops from the victim’s apartment. The witness went to the apartment and said the suspect, Richard Lee Sweet, was standing over the victim. Police say Sweet told the witness “she is gone, I killed her”.

Other witnesses told police they saw Sweet leave the area in a black Mazda. A BOLO was issued for Sweet. He fled from the Lehigh Valley to his home in Coaldale, and was involved in an hours long standoff with police.

Police had Fisher Avenue and the surrounding area blocked off to local traffic. Panther Valley High School was locked down due to this incident, but is not any longer.

The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office pronounced the victim dead at 11:00 a.m., and ruled the death a homicide.

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