Boyertown Man Charged with Aggravated Assault

BOYERTOWN PA – A 29-year-old Boyertown man has been arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and related charges after he allegedly fired shots at a vehicle in Douglass (Berks) Township, its police department reported Saturday (Aug. 15, 2022).

Although the incident occurred July 29 (Friday), the arrest of Zachary Thomas Harmon was not made until Aug. 9 (Tuesday), according to court records, seemingly because its investigation was continuing.

Police said they arrived at about 3:16 a.m. on July 29 at an 81 Poole Hill Rd. property in response to a report of shots being fired. The caller, which police said was Harmon himself, reported two males known to him arrived at his residence and fired 4-5 shots at him from a vehicle following an argument.

Harmon told police he returned fire, a total of three shots, at the vehicle while it pulled away. He also said he knew he struck the vehicle, as the driver’s side taillight went out.

Eastern Berks Regional Police were said to have apprehended the vehicle and males in question shortly after the incident.

An investigation conducted by the Douglass (Berks) department and Berks County detectives was “unable to find any evidence the males from the vehicle ever fired any shots, or that a firearm was even brandished,” the department reported on its CrimeWatch website. Police acknowledged recovering the three rounds Harmon admitted to firing. Police also located the discharged round inside the tail light.

Harmon faces a total of 15 counts, including alleged aggravated assault, propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle, terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, falsely incriminating another person, and making false reports to law enforcement. He was later freed on $55,000 bail, and awaits an Aug. 24 preliminary hearing.

Photo by the Douglass (Berks) Police Department