Editor’s Note: An earlier published version of this story incorrectly identified Thomas E. Lenner as the owner of the property. According to property owner Margaret Brown, Lenner was an “unwanted guest” in the home. “He was brought to the home by my tenant…which is who changed the locks on my door, and when I was outside Mr. Lenner along with another unwanted guest locked the doors and screen door in order to lock me out of my own home,” Brown said in an email to Saucon Source. “I had to put a ladder up to my second floor roof to gain access to my own home through the second floor bathroom window,” Brown added. “At that point,” she continued, “Lenner threatened to stab my boyfriend, and I personally went through my bathroom window where Mr. Lenner and (the tenant) along with another unwanted guest were standing, and that is when Mr. Lenner was waving his knife at me yelling he was going to cut me.” We apologize for any inconvenience the mistake may have caused.
A Bethlehem Township man is in Northampton County Prison on charges of felony aggravated assault, terroristic threats and simple assault, after borough police say he allegedly swung a utility knife less than a foot away from a woman in Hellertown Sunday.
In a story published Thursday on the WFMZ-TV Channel 69 News website, it was reported that Thomas E. Lenner, 41, of Second Street, Bethlehem Township, allegedly admitted to an officer that he had threatened to kill the woman at a home in the 100 block of E. Saucon Street.
The home is owned by Margaret Brown, according to Brown and county property records, and Brown told Saucon Source Friday that Lenner was brought to the home as a guest of her tenant.
Brown said that after Lenner allegedly threatened to cut her with the utility knife, he retreated into her tenant’s bedroom and the tenant called police.
Citing court documents, WFMZ reported that police said they found a black utility knife in the room where the incident allegedly occurred, and took statements from three people who reported hearing the alleged threats.
At a preliminary arraignment Sunday, District Judge Jacqueline Taschner set Lenner’s bail at $25,000 with no percentage option, records indicate.
A preliminary hearing in his case is scheduled to be held Friday, April 26 at 9 a.m. before District Judge Alane Mege in Lower Saucon Township, according to online court records.