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Carbon County man exposes himself to police while in custody

Published May 26. 2010 05:00PM

A Carbon County man, already in police custody on charges related to a domestic incident, now faces charges of indecent exposure and open lewdness.

David Allen Vanhorn, 47, of Kuehner Road, Kunkletown, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 10 a.m. today before District Judge Bruce Appleton of Palmerton.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by State Trooper Christopher Bonin:

On May 11, at around 6:53 p.m., Bonin became involved in the investigation into a series of incidents involving Vanhorn, according the affidavit.

Vanhorn was in custody at the Pennsylvania State Police, Troop N, Lehighton Station, and in the process of being charged with terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment, the affidavit says.

Then, at around 8 p.m., while in custody, Vanhorn repeatedly spit on the floor and desk in the interview/holding room at the Lehighton Station.

Vanhorn was warned numerous times to cease and desist his activity by numerous members of the Pennsylvania State Police who were at the Lehighton Station.

But, Vanhorn did not comply, and spit on the floor and desk about 50 times.

Vanhorn then unbuttoned his pants and exposed himself while speaking to Trooper Gregory Emiliani.

As Trooper Norman Strauss prepared to take Vanhorn from the Lehighton Station to the outside parking lot in preparation for Vanhorn's arraignment, Vanhorn stated "I've killed at least six cops already, and you're next. I'm going to kill you."

Then, as Bonin and Strauss attempted to secure Vanhorn in the rear of Bonin's Pennsylvania State Police vehicle, Vanhorn began to kick the inside of the open rear passenger door.

Vanhorn then laid on the back seat of the vehicle and began to kick the inside of the roof around 10 times, before he was subdued and secured in the rear of the vehicle.

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