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Berks man allegedly ignores protection order, breaks into ex's new house

Bethlehem police found him hiding in a bedroom

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Authorities allege a Berks County man with a protection order filed against him repeatedly threatened his ex-girlfriend before breaking into her new home.

Sidronio Lazaro-Primor, of the first block of South Sixth Street in Reading, faces criminal trespass, stalking and harassment charges after allegedly breaking into a Bethlehem home early Monday morning. District Judge Roy Manwaring arraigned the 30-year-old following his arrest by city police, setting bail at $25,000.

A homeowner in the 300 block of East North Street called police shortly before 4:15 a.m. to report that a man had just broken into his home and was hiding in a second-floor bedroom, according to court records.

After allegedly finding Lazaro-Primor hiding in a bedroom, Bethlehem police spoke with his ex-girlfriend who now lives in the home and with whom he shares two children. She told police that Lazaro-Primor had become “increasingly more hostile,” threatening over the phone that he would kill her if she didn’t take him back, according to records.

She alleged that he had even broken into the house on an earlier occasion and held a knife to her throat, an attack that she chose not to report. The victim told authorities that she left New York City, moved in with her family and secured a protection from abuse order against her ex.

Police said the order, which lists her two children as the protected parties, is in effect until September 2018. She told authorities that Lazaro-Primor’s behavior has her fearing for her life.

Lazaro-Primor failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for April 3.

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