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Sherwood man charged in Aloha Tiki torch attack

Drugs suspected in bizarre Christmas morning incident

A man with a Tiki torch broke into the home of a sleeping Aloha couple and attacked them on Christmas day.

Washington County sheriff's deputies arrested 28-year-old Matthew Zamora of Sherwood in the attack.

Zamora was lodged in the Washington County Jail and charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, providing false Information to police, menacing, criminal mischief and an unrelated felony warrant. He is being held on $50,000 bail.

At the time of the attack, Zamora was only wearing underwear, socks and a bandana around his neck. Deputies suspect he was under the influence of drugs.

The husband and wife in the home were not hurt.

Deputies and Beaverton police officers were called at about 10:31 a.m. on Dec. 25 to a report of an intruder who broke into a home in the 3100 block of Southwest 209th Street in Aloha. The victims said the man broke through the back door into a house where the residents were sleeping.

When deputies arrived, they found Zamora running from the house carrying an unlit bamboo Tiki torch. He was arrested without incident.

The investigation revealed that Zamora forced his way in the back door of the house carrying a Tiki torch he picked up from the backyard. He then yelled at the man and wife in the house and was swinging the Tiki torch wildly at the couple in bed.

The couple woke and realized there was a stranger in their house who was hitting the husband with the Tiki torch. The husband grabbed a handgun he kept next to his bed and pointed it at Zamora, who struck the husband's hand, causing the handgun to fire. The bullet went into the wall and no one was injured.

The wife then picked up a shotgun she kept next to the bed and ordered Zamora out of the house. He reportedly ran into the bathroom and climbed out a window as deputies arrived.