Man Walks Into Local Hospital, Admits Role In Killing Boyfriend Found Stabbed, Slashed: DA’s Office

Authorities charged a Monroe County man with homicide after he walked into an Allentown hospital early Wednesday and admitted he was involved in killing a man in Lancaster County, according to a news release.

Matthew VanZandt, of Bartonsville, was “saturated in blood” when he arrived at St. Luke’s Hospital, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office says. VanZandt had gone there for treatment of an injured hand, WFMZ-TV69 reports.

While at the hospital, the 30-year-old provided information about the death of 31-year-old Ian Shannon, “specifically that he was involved in Shannon’s death,” the district attorney’s office says in the news release.

VanZandt referred to Shannon as his boyfriend and had been staying at the Dickens Drive home, according to the prosecutor's office.

WGAL-NBC8 in Lancaster quotes investigators as saying VanZandt allegedly stabbed Shannon with a pocketknife, and that VanZandt claimed Shannon had been mocking him about the pair breaking up.

Manheim Township police responding about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday to Shannon’s house on Dickens Drive found him dead in a bedroom, having been stabbed and slashed numerous times, the DA’s office says in the news release. Police recovered the knife believed to have been used in the killing.

Allentown police arrested VanZandt, and he was arraigned Wednesday in Lehigh County on a single count of homicide. He was being held without the possibility of bail and scheduled to be returned this week to Lancaster County.

Court records did not immediately list an attorney for VanZandt.

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