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Angel Cruz-Zambrana aims shotgun at 2 people refusing to buy electric shaver, police say

Published On: Jul 12 2013 01:13:17 PM EDT
Angel Cruz-Zambrana

A Reading man has been locked up for allegedly pointing a sawed-off shotgun at two people who refused to buy an electric shaver from him.

Officers were called around 10 a.m. Thursday to the area of South 7th and Bingaman streets in Reading.

A woman told police that she and her father were in front of their home in the 300 block of Minor Street when they were approached by Angel Cruz-Zambrana and another man, both of whom offered to sell them an electric shaver.


When they told the men they were not interested, Cruz-Zambrana stated, "Tengo una pistola. Tengo una pistola," meaning "I have a gun," and pointed the shotgun first at the man and then at his daughter's face, according to court documents.

The woman told Cruz-Zambrana not to do it because she had children inside the house, and he backed away, put the shotgun into a backpack and ran north toward Spruce Street, police said.

Officers later caught up with Cruz-Zambrana, who led them to the location where he hid the backpack with the gun.

Cruz-Zambrana, 29, was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person. He was committed to the Berks County Jail on $40,000 bail.