Ore. couple wakes up to man beating them with tiki torch

Ore. couple wakes up to man beating them with tiki torch
Matthew Zamora

ALOHA, Ore. - A couple woke up Christmas morning to a man hitting them with an unlit tiki torch.

Washington County deputies are investigating the incident, which started with a home invasion, according to spokesman Bob Ray. It happened at a home on 209th Street.

According to Ray, a man believed to be on drugs broke into the back door of the home while the couple was asleep, grabbed a bamboo tiki torch and took it into the bedroom where he beat the couple with it.

The husband, identified as Aaron Kirchmann of Aloha, says he awoke to find the man wearing nothing but socks and black shorts that may have been his underwear, the Associated Press reported. He was hitting them with the torch and screaming unintelligible phrases.

Kirchmann says he pulled a gun from his nightstand and aimed it at the intruder in self-defense.

A bullet discharged during a struggle, but no one was hurt, Ray said. The bullet went into a wall.

Deputies arrived at the home and took Matthew Zamora into custody. They took him to a hospital for a mental evaluation and planned to book him into the Washington County Jail.

The woman in the home was also taken to a hospital to treat an anxiety attack, Ray said.