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Authorities arrest man accused of threatening kill family

He allegedly grabbed a gun after argument with dad

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Authorities have arrested a Schuylkill County man accused of threatening to kill everyone inside a family member’s Bethlehem home.

Police charged Cory Amann, of Arlington Street in Tamaqua, following the incident at an East Locust Street home on Nov. 12. Bethlehem police filed charges against the 31-year-old on Nov. 13, and District Judge Richard Yetter signed an arrest warrant.

Police arrested Amann Nov. 14, and he was arraigned later that night by Yetter, who set bail at $5,000 with a 10 percent cash option. Amann was released from Northampton County Prison the following day after someone posted $500 cash bail on his behalf.

Bethlehem police were dispatched to the 300 block of East Locust Street shortly before 11:30 p.m. Nov. 12 for a report of a man threatening to kill his father and other people in the house, according to court records.

An officer met with Amann’s 66-year-old father, who was described as breathing heavily and “scared for his safety” as well as the officer’s safety, according to records. As the officer approached the front porch, Amann’s father said, “Be careful, I think he might still be around,” referring to his son.

Amann reportedly pulled up at the house while his father was sitting on the porch. He allegedly began arguing with the elder Amann and told his father to go inside “before I (expletive) kill you and everyone in the house,” according to police.

Amann then opened the trunk off his car and appeared to shove something into the waistband of his pants. His father told authorities that he heard the sound of a gun racking.

Police report that Amann walked back onto the porch, chest bumped his father against a wall and threatened him a second time.

“If you call the police, I will come back and kill you and everyone in this house,” Amann allegedly said to his father.

Amann faces single counts of terroristic threats and harassment. His next court date is a preliminary hearing scheduled for later this week.

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