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Pipe-swinging parolee arrested on assault charges

Police allege he also threatened woman with knife

WALNUTPORT, Pa. - A Lehigh County parolee is facing assault charges for allegedly swinging a metal pipe at two people and asking one of the victims how she wanted to die during an early-morning fracas.

Walnutport police charged Charles S. Kutz, of the first block of Center Street in Slatington, with aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, harassment and possessing an instrument of a crime. District Judge Antonia Grifo arraigned the 38-year-old Sunday, setting bail at $50,000.

Police said they received a 911 hang-up call shortly after midnight on Sunday from a home in the 100 block of Lehigh Street. One victim told police that the second victim, a woman, had come sprinting up the street screaming, “He’s going to kill me,” according to court records.

She reported that a man later identified as Kutz allegedly held a knife to her throat and asked, “How do you want to die?”

When the two walked to a home in the 300 block of Lehigh Street in hopes of calming Kutz down, he allegedly answered the door holding a metal pipe and swung it at the man, prompting him to dive off the porch, according to records. He allegedly swung the pipe at the woman, narrowly missing her, and swung the pipe at the male victim a second time as they ran away. Court records do not specify who lived at the two addresses listed by police.

Police searched the address where Kutz was last located and found a house that was torn apart and showed signs of a physical struggle, according to records. Officers said they found a 3-foot wooden plank in a bedroom that the female victim said Kutz allegedly swung at her.

They also found a knife stuck in the wall.

When asked for identification, Kutz said it was in his wallet next to his parole card with his parole agent’s name and phone number on it.

Court records do not specify the nature of the relationship between Kutz and female victim. After failing to post bail, he was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 6.

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