Lehigh University Police were present at the scene of the assault at the 500 block of East Fifth Street on Sunday, August 28, 2016. Three students were sent to St. Luke's Hospital after the altercation. (Meg Kelly/B&W Staff)

Suspects identified in East Fifth Street assault

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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.

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  1. I HAVE PLENTY TO SAY ABOUT THE TWO MEN -THAT R BEEN BASHED FOR THE ASSAULT OF THE LEHIGH UNIVERSITY-NO BODY TOLD THAT THE LEHIGH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WAS DRUNKING & STANDING IN THE ROAD NOT LETTING PEOPLE THROW-WHEN THE WHITE CAR CAME THROW THEY DID ASK THE LEHIGH UNIVERSITY STUDENTS TO MOVE & THAT’S WHEN THE PROBLEM STARTED THE STUDENTS STARTED MOUTHING OFF & WOULD NOT MOVE THE TN. MEN ASK COUPLE OF TIMES…AND WE ALL KNOW WHEN DRINKING IS INVOLVED ATTITUDES CHANGE…YES THE PASSENGER GOT OUT OF THE CAR & YES TWO OF THE STUDENTS GOT IN A FIGHT WITH THE TN. MAN…THE DRIVER WAS YELLING GET IN THE CAR BUT THAT WAS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN–SO THE DRIVER SEEN THE THIRD MAN COMING WHITCH THAT MAN WAS THE THIRD STUDENT SO DRIVER GOT OUT AND WAS TRYING TO SAY HELP ME BREAK IT UP THAT WAS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN EITHER SO THE THIRD STUDENT GRABBED THE DRIVE IN IS FACE AND THE DRIVER HIT THE THIRD STUDENT IN THE FACE TO GET HIM OFF HIM….NOW WE GOT THIS BIG , BIG PROBLEM….WE HAVE THREE DRUNKING STUDENTS & I DON’T KNOW IF THEY WAS EVEN TWENTY ONE & WE HAVE TO MEN FROM TN TRYING TO GET TO THEIR ROOMS TO GO TO SLEEP FOR WORK—IT IS SAD HOW THEY MADE THE TN. MEN LOOK LIKE THEY WAS LOOKING FOR A FIGHT THAT NITE & ALL THEY WANT WAS TO GET TO THEIR HOTAL ROOM…I JUST THINK THE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS PICK ON THE WRONG TO MEN THAT NITE…DIDN’T KNOW THEIR BUTTS WAS GOING TO BE HANDED TO THEM…DRIVER OF CAR IS ONLY 5’5 WT IS 145.LB… WHY WAS NOTHING DONE ABOUT THE DRINKING IF THE STUDENTS WAS UNDER 21….THERE IS ALOT OF IF’S IN THIS STORY BUT I THINK BOTH SIDES NEEDS TO BE TOLDED NOT ONLY POOR LEHIGH STUDENTS THAT I BIT ANY THING THEY STARTED IT AND THE HARD ASS TN MEN…CAUSE THERE IS MORE TO THIS STORY & PLEASE BECAUSE IT IS UNIVERSITY PLEASE DON’T SURGER COAT IT

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