Man pleads guilty in Ore. Tiki torch attack



HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — A 28-year-old Sherwood, Ore., man who grabbed an unlit Tiki torch from a couple’s backyard and attacked the sleeping residents with it has pleaded guilty to second-degree assault.

The Oregonian reports that ( ) Matthew Zamora was sentenced Thursday to nearly six years in prison.

As the couple awoke to the sight of a scantily clad Zamora swinging the torch at them, the man grabbed a handgun he keeps next to his bed. Washington County sheriff’s officers say Zamora knocked it from his hand, causing it to fire into a wall. The woman then grabbed a shotgun she keeps on her side of the bed and ordered Zamora out of the house in Aloha, west of Portland.

Deputies arrived just as Zamora climbed out a window. When arrested, he reportedly was wearing only underwear, socks and a neck bandanna. Officers say he appeared to be under the influence of drugs.


Information from: The Oregonian,