Police: SouthSide Man Threatened Murder, Arson

Suspect boasted of eight-year prison stay, telling victim he wouldn't mind going back for 10 more to kill him, police say.


A South Bethlehem man boasted about a lengthy prison stay as he threatened to kill another man he has been feuding with since the summer, according to court papers.

“I’m gonna stab you and kill you and your mother and burn your house down,” David Wayne Margretta allegedly told Michael Bobo during a confrontation in front of Bobo’s home at 306 E. Third St. early Saturday evening, according to an arrest affidavit.

“I’ve done eight years upstate … I don’t mind going back for 10 more because I’m gonna kill you,” Margretta also allegedly said.

Bobo told police that he and Margretta had another confrontation “over a female family member” in the summer and Margretta had refused to let it go since.

Bobo told police that he was cleaning chocolate syrup that had been dumped on his car outside of his home when Margretta confronted and threatened him at a little after 5 p.m.

Bobo told police that this was not the first time his car had been vandalized. On another occasion, the tires were slashed. Margretta admitted to doing that during the Saturday confrontation, according to court papers. He also admitted to stealing a set of outdoor furniture from Bobo’s home, court papers said.

Margretta, 41, of 715 E. Fifth St., was charged with terroristic threats, harassment, theft and receiving stolen property.

He was arraigned before on-duty District Judge Nancy Matos-Gonzalez, who committed him to Northampton County Prison after he failed to post $75,000 bail.


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