A Tennessee man has been identified as one of the suspects in the Aug. 28 assault of three Lehigh students after an investigation by the Bethlehem and Lehigh University police departments, according to a press release from the BPD.
The press release identified one of the suspects as 30-year-old Christopher Navarrette of Cleveland, Tennessee. The other suspect has been identified and the investigation is ongoing.
Police used surveillance video from city cameras, Lehigh cameras and cameras at the Sands Casino to identify Navarrette as one of the perpetrators. The investigation determined that two white males exited a white Ford Focus and assaulted the victims.
Navarrette was found in the evening of Aug. 30 at the Extended Stay America Hotel, when a vehicle matching one described from the assault was seen in the parking lot.
Navarrette has been apprehended and incarcerated in Northampton County prison under $100,000 bail. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault and two counts of harassment.
All three victims of the assault were Lehigh students and were transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for their injuries to be treated. The first victim was unconscious and was later determined to have a broken nose, skull fracture and a cut to his face. The second victim was bleeding from his face and was later determined to have a skull fracture, left ear damage and a concussion. The third victim had cuts on his face.