Police arrest man after allegedly threatening ex for hours


An Allentown man reportedly upset that a trio was at a bar on "his side of town" allegedly broke into a Catasauqua home later and beat two men with a baseball bat.

Catasauqua police charged Julian Navarro, of the 400 block of Hanover Avenue, with assault in connection to the early-morning attack Monday at a home in the 100 block of 11th Street in the borough. District Judge Donna Butler arraigned the 36-year-old hours later, setting bail at $100,000.

Catasauqua police were dispatched to the home about 1 a.m. Sunday for a report of a domestic disturbance with a break-in. Officers arrived to find the injured victims, Zachary Eltz and Jonathan Norberto, waiting outside.

Police report that the two men were at a bar earlier that night with Navarro's ex-girlfriend. Upset they were there, Navarro "exchanged words" with the three, according to court records. Police did not indicate where the incident began.

Shortly after they arrived at the home on 11th Street in Catasauqua, Navarro allegedly broke into the house by smashing the glass front door with a baseball bat, according to records. Once inside, he allegedly fought with Eltz and Norberto in the living room, hitting them with the bat, according to police.

Police said Eltz appeared to have a badly injured right wrist, while Norberto sustained injuries to both wrists and his left thumb. He also had shards of glass in his knee, which was bleeding heavily, police said.

Navarro drove away after the alleged attack.

In an email to wfmz.com, Norberto disputes that he and Eltz were struck and injured by Navarro. Norberto claims the pair injured themselves in the fight that followed the break-in.

Navarro now faces two counts each of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment and a single count of criminal mischief. Navarro failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 23.