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The alleged shooter was arrested in New Jersey and charged with homicide in the death of a 19-year-old.

19-year-old Allentown man was gunned down after he was involved in a dispute over texts between juveniles, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Thursday.

Carlos Pascual Richiez was one of several adult members of the juveniles’ families who met up Tuesday night in an effort to resolve a dispute over the texts, described as inappropriate.

Another of the adults, 25-year-old Christian Alberto Diaz-Dejesus is accused of fatally shooting Richiez in the head after the dispute escalated into an assault and pursuit through city streets that ended in a car crash and gunfire.

Initial reports including those carried by The Associated Press indicated only that the homicide followed the crash, described as a fender-bender.

“This homicide is not either gang-related or drug-related,” the district attorney’s office said in a statement Thursday afternoon. “Neither is it a ‘road-rage incident’ as it has been depicted.

“It was prompted by text messages which were deemed inappropriate sent earlier in the day by one juvenile to another. Adult members of the juveniles’ families became involved in a dispute between the juveniles, and that involvement lead to this homicide.”

Man charged in killing of Lehigh Valley teen

City police said they responded about 9:50 p.m. to the gunfire. It followed a series of events that began at a home in the 100 block of North 11th Street.

A witness told investigators four people, one of whom was later identified as Diaz-Dejesus, showed up in response to the text exchange earlier in the day between a juvenile male and juvenile female.

“A cell phone was taken from the juvenile male,” Martin’s office stated. “The four people came to the residence to, (1.) return the cell phone; (2.) to discuss the underlying incident; and, (3.) to resolve an argument that occurred in a verbal conversation between” the witness and Diaz-Dejesus “which had occurred via telephone earlier.”

The meeting between the four visitors and those at the North 11th Street home led to a disturbance in which the witness was struck in the head with what he believed to be a semiautomatic handgun, the district attorney’s office said. He needed several stitches to close the wound.

Following the assault, Diaz-Dejesus and the three others got into a black Land Rover SUV and drove east on Chestnut Street, authorities said. The witness who was hit in the head and a second man got into a gold Honda Accord driven by Richiez in pursuit.

The Honda was following very closely behind the SUV, which stopped suddenly at North 10th and Chestnut streets and was struck from behind by the Honda.

A single shot rang out after the collision, and the two additional occupants in the Honda ran off before returning to find Richiez had been shot.

The other two occupants removed Richiez from the car and laid him by the curb.

The Land Rover fled, but a female occupant told investigators she saw Diaz-Dejesus place “what appeared to be a handgun into his waistband” after the shot was fired from inside the SUV, authorities said.

Richiez was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, where he was pronounced dead. Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled the death a homicide, caused by a gunshot wound to the head.

As a result of the investigation by Allentown police Detective Robert Busch and other city officers and Detective Kevin Mriss, of the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force, Diaz-Dejesus was taken into custody without incident Wednesday night in Winslow Township, New Jersey. He was being held there pending extradition to Lehigh County.

Diaz-Dejesus faces a single count of homicide, which means he will be held in the Lehigh County Jail without the possibility of bail.

Martin thanked police in Winslow Township, Camden County, for their assistance and the investigators as well as Lehigh County First Assistant District Attorney Steven Luksa for their work in leading to Diaz-Dejesus’ arrest.

Kurt Bresswein may be reached at kbresswein@lehighvalleylive.com. Follow him on Twitter @KurtBresswein. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook.