- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - A teenager has been charged with attempted homicide and attempted rape after authorities allege that he broke into an off-campus home and assaulted an eastern Pennsylvania university student.

Police in Bethlehem said they were called at about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday to a Bethlehem residence and found the unconscious victim half-naked. Authorities said the Lehigh University student had been choked and smothered with a pillow until she turned blue.

Authorities allege that the 17-year-old suspect used a chair to enter the home through an open first-floor window. Officers responding to a burglary report said they found the suspect leaving the bedroom, sweating profusely and with fresh scratches on his chest, police said.

Investigators said the handcuffed suspect broke free as police were taking him to a vehicle and was later found hiding under the porch of another home more than a block away.

Authorities allege in court documents that the suspect, who came to the area a month ago from Puerto Rico, didn’t know the victim and had never been in the house before.

Court documents indicate the suspect is charged with attempted homicide, attempted rape, aggravated assault, burglary, trespassing, unlawful restraint and escape. He was ordered to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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