Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pennsylvania: Lowhill man chases 'exterminators' with knife, gun

Allentown, Pennsylvania

From the Allentown Morning Call of July 29, 2008
Lowhill man chases 'exterminators' with knife, gun

A 78-year-old man used a kitchen knife and a shotgun to chase three men posing as exterminators from his Lowhill Township home, according to police.

State police at Fogelsville issued a news release urging anyone with information to contact their station at 610-395-1438.

The incident happened between 6 and 7 p.m. Friday at a home on Route 100.

State police gave the following account in a news release:

A man who was 40 to 50 years old, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 190 pounds with a heavy build and brown hair parted on the side entered the home through an unlocked front door. Upon entering, he advised the 78-year-old male resident he would do a free home extermination.

During the conversation, the homeowner noticed two other men rummaging through his residence. Both were between 25 and 27 years old, about 6 feet tall, 180 pounds and had thin builds and dirty blond hair parted on the side.

When the homeowner ordered them to leave his house, a fight broke out. While the homeowner struggled with one of the younger males, the older male restrained the homeowner. But the homeowner broke free, grabbed a kitchen knife and ordered all three men out of his house.

The older male tried to regain entry. But by then, the homeowner had a shotgun in hand.

The three men fled in a green van south on Route 100. They managed to steal about $10 in coins.

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