Authorities allege a Northampton County man was high on PCP when he stripped down and trashed the inside of a convenience store before being subdued by an off-duty police officer and bystander.
Matthew C. Cash, of Williams Street in Easton, is facing DUI, disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and indecent exposure charges in connection with the fracas at the Turkey Hill in Williams Township on Dec. 8. District Judge Dan Corpora arraigned the 28-year-old Wednesday, setting bail at $10,000.
Off-duty Easton police Officer Tim Wagner told Pennsylvania State Police that he pulled up to the gas pumps at the Turkey Hill, 55 Morgan Hill Road, shortly after 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, when he spotted a naked man inside "destroying the place," according to court records. The officer recognized the naked man as Cash from prior encounters.
After allegedly destroying the inside of the store, Cash headed outside toward the gas pumps, screaming at people and making a general nuisance of himself, according to records. Authorities allege he approached a man who was putting gas in his car and punched him in the face.
Cash then turned toward Wagner, who ordered him to stop. Cash refused, so Wagner restrained him in the parking lot with the help of a bystander.
A state police trooper interviewed witnesses who reported Cash pulled into the parking lot, got out of his car and began screaming at his 10-year-old son sitting in the passenger seat. He then began spitting at cars, screaming at nearby people and kicking the front doors of the Turkey Hill.
After grabbing his son by the head and shaking him, Cash went inside the store, stripped down and caused about $6,000 in damage.
Once inside an ambulance, Cash told authorities that a "man in a suit" gave him a "laced cigarette. He was unable to tell police anything more about that night.
He was taken to the hospital for treatment and a blood draw. Test results returned in January showed PCP in his system.
Cash is currently in Montgomery County Prison on a parole violation. He failed to post bail in connection with the charges in Williams Township. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for April 12.
Cash also waived a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Patricia Broscius on three counts of DUI, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested by Bethlehem Township police on those charges last November.