ALLENTOWN, Pa. | The Allentown man accused of shooting a man three times and having three stolen guns in his home waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Timothy J. Diaz faces assault and attempted homicide charges after allegedly firing five shots in February at the man who was reportedly meeting his wife, hitting him three times. The 42-year-old on Wednesday waived his preliminary hearings on two sets of charges.
His next court date is a formal arraignment scheduled for Oct. 19. Diaz remains in Lehigh County Jail after failing to post a combined $275,000 bail.
Allentown police had been dispatched to the 700 block of North Glenwood Street shortly after 7 p.m. Feb. 2 for a report of a shooting victim. The victim told authorities that he’d been shot by Diaz near North Brighton and James streets and later identified him from a photo array.
The victim said he’d planned on meeting a friend – Diaz’s wife – when Diaz arrived and allegedly started shooting.
When police searched Diaz’s Tilghman Street home the next day, authorities said they found 11 firearms, including three that had been reported stolen. A records check revealed that a Ruger Super Redhawk was reported stolen out of Whitehall Township, and that a 16-gauge shotgun was reported stolen out of Upper Saucon Township. And a Glock .22 was reported stolen from L.B. Toney's Alamo Gun Shop in DuBois in western Pennsylvania.
Police allege they also recovered a bullet proof vest, ammunition, a digital scale and more than a pound of marijuana. An earlier guilty plea to possession with intent to deliver prohibits Diaz from possessing a firearm.
In the shooting case, police charged Diaz with attempted homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm. After searching the home, authorities charged the defendant with three counts of receiving stolen property and one count each of possession with intent to deliver and illegal possession of a firearm, all felonies, and two misdemeanor counts of altering a weapon.