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Allentown man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill family

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man accused of threatening to kill a family allegedly struggled with his arresting officers and told police he hoped their children and wives would get raped.

Jose Lu Ortiz-Rodriguez is facing resisting arrest and terroristic threats charges following an incident Monday morning inside a Liberty Street home in Allentown. District Judge Michael Pochron arraigned the 38-year-old later that afternoon, setting bail at $25,000.

Allentown police were dispatched to a home in the 1400 block of Liberty Street shortly after 9 a.m. Monday to investigate a threat report. When an officer knocked on the front door, Ortiz-Rodriguez reportedly peeked out the window and retreated without opening the door, according to court records. Court records indicate he did not live in the home.

Someone else in the house let police in, and Ortiz-Rodriguez re-appeared from the basement with his hands in his pockets. He was ordered several times at gunpoint to take his hands out of his pockets. When he finally complied, officers said they pinned Ortiz-Rodriguez, who struggled with police, against a wall in order to handcuff him, according to records.

Authorities said one victim reported being so scared of Ortiz-Rodriguez that she locked herself in a third-floor room. His relationship to the people in the house was not immediately clear in court papers.

Authorities said the victim was “terrified” while explaining what happened and begged police to help. Each family member said they didn’t know if Ortiz-Rodriguez was armed, when he started threatening to kill them. Police said a search of the basement where Ortiz-Rodriguez had retreated did not turn up any weapons.

Police said Ortiz-Rodriguez continued to struggle with officers as they led him to an awaiting patrol car, telling them he hoped that their children and wives would get raped.

He now faces single counts of terroristic threats, simple assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and harassment. Ortiz-Rodriguez, no confirmable address, failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 28.

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