Suspect in bar shooting wanted to leave Bloods

Manuel Gamiz Jr. (THE MORNING CALL)
July 30, 2010

Moments before Marc A. Arnold was captured on the surveillance footage at an Allentown sports bar shooting and killing Kevin Cobbs Jr. in April, he told Cobbs he was leaving the Bloods gang, according to testimony at Arnold’s preliminary hearing Friday.

Cobbs, also in the Bloods gang, was not having it and allegedly pulled a gun on Arnold, and they struggled for control of the weapon, according to testimony from an Allentown detective. Another Bloods member, lifted his shirt to reveal a gun, ending the struggle.

Cobbs, 25, of Allentown and another man, identified in court as Bloods member “Insane Red,” were walking into the back entrance of the Philly’s Steak Sportsbar & Grill on Hamilton Street when several shots were fired at them. One of the bullets hit Cobbs in the back and pierced his heart, authorities said.

Security video obtained by The Morning Call shows the argument in the parking lot of the bar and a man with a gun running up behind Cobbs and another man. The gunman begins firing at the two men in the back entrance of the bar, and continues firing wildly into the take-out area.

Cobbs dived into the kitchen and died a short time later.

Other surveillance footage captured the earlier argument and physical altercation between Cobbs and Arnold, Det. Eric Landis testified. Landis said he interviewed Arnold, 19, of Allentown, in Virginia Beach, where he had been captured along with another man days after the April 7 shooting at Philly’s Steak Sportsbar & Grill.

Arnold admitted to Landis that he killed Cobbs, but also told him about the argument that sparked the shooting.

District Judge Carl Balliet ruled enough evidence existed to send homicide charges to Lehigh County Court.

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2 Comments for “Suspect in bar shooting wanted to leave Bloods”

  1. Plan Idiota

    I wouldn’t want to be in the Bloods either, red doesn’t match my eyes or hair.

  2. Dumb Detective

    I can’t believe the detective believed that story. It sounds like a made up story to justify the killing and evoke sympathy. They were probably arguing over money or a girl. Why would someone who is able to drive all the way to Virginia and wants to leave a gang shoot someone else? Obviously he wasn’t trapped because he could have left the gang and moved somewhere else.

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