Neighbor: East Allentown man traded shots with robbers before killing one

 He says east Allentown man was pistol-whipped by three robbers before killing one.


January 16, 2014


The east Allentown man who shot a robber to death Wednesday night was first pistol-whipped by three robbers acting together, a neighbor said Thursday.

And when the resident of 655 Westminster St. pulled a gun in self-defense, one of the robbers fired at the resident, a man in his 50s, said the neighbor, recounting what the resident told him.

"I heard the pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," neighbor Thomas Hoffman said. "They were shooting at each other.

"I went outside and I didn't see anyone else but my neighbor. His left eye was all puffed up. He said, 'Call the cops. I just shot somebody.' "

It was 10:40 p.m. Wednesday. In the driveway next door, a man's body lay in a pool of blood.

Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim on Thursday identified the dead man as Carlos N. Lugo Jr., 35, of the 1700 block of South Hall Street, Allentown.

Lugo had a long record of serious crimes, according to court records.