Lehigh Valley

Police say family argument ends in assault charges

Son allegedly began choking father

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is facing assault charges for allegedly attacking his father and threatening his mother following an argument over when he was moving out.

Allentown police charged Edgar Lopez with terroristic threats and two counts each of simple assault and harassment in connection to the Sunday morning melee inside the family’s Tilghman Street home. District Judge Patricia Engler arraigned the 22-year-old late Monday morning, setting bail at $250,000.

Police were dispatched to the home about 10:45 a.m. Sunday to investigate a reported stabbing. When officers arrived, they found Lopez on the front porch with a stab wound to his back, according to court records. Lopez reportedly told an officer that he had been “jumped.”

The victims told police they had been talking with Lopez about moving out of the house, which prompted an argument. Lopez allegedly attacked his father and took him to the ground, where he began choking him, according to records.

Police report that Lopez’s mother tried to pull him away, but that he pushed her back and said, “I’ll (expletive) kill you.” Lopez’s younger brother, who had been asleep upstairs when the fracas broke out, came downstairs to discover the fight.

Concerned about his father’s safety, police said he grabbed a knife and stabbed Lopez in the back. Authorities said each family member provided a similar account of how events unfolded.

Lopez failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 6.

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