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Naked man covered in blood accused of starting two-alarm house fire


Pamela Lehman
The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Lehigh Township police say a man found naked and bloody at the scene of a 2-alarm house fire Thursday night faces numerous criminal charges.

Authorities say 24-year-old Zachary Thomas Pammer of Northampton likely was on drugs during the incident at a home in the 1100 block of Quince Road. Just after 9 p.m., officers arrived after a 911 call reporting a “screaming and naked male covered in blood and jumping” on a woman’s car with a nearby house ablaze.

Police say when they arrived, they found Pammer inside a vehicle. A woman, identified as Marquerita Lentz, was driving by when she saw the fire and stopped to help. Pammer began jumping on Lentz’s car, assaulted her and tried to restrain her, police say.

Lehigh Township Fire Chief Richard Hildebrand said firefighters arrived at a “chaotic scene” Thursday night.

“By the time we arrived, police were struggling with [the naked man],” Hildebrand said Thursday.

Lentz escaped and called police. Pammer was agitated and kicked, spit and hit officers and paramedics during the incident, police say.

After Pammer was taken into custody, police say they found a woman, Christina Pammer, yelling for help and hiding behind a car. Christina Pammer lives inside one of two apartments inside the home that caught fire, but it is unclear how the blaze started, police say.

She identified Zachary Pammer as her cousin, and told police that Pammer showed up “announced, acting very weird and began going into a rage.”

Police say Zachary Pammer kicked in his cousin’s door and began throwing things at her.

Authorities say the fire is still under investigation. The home was heavily damaged by the fire, and two people were displaced police say. There were no injuries.

Zachary Pammer is charged with burglary, robbery of a motor vehicle, criminal trespass, aggravated assault, unlawful restraint, simple assault, indecent exposure, public intoxication and harassment. As of Friday morning, he had not been arraigned on the charges.


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