Homicide Charge Filed in Death of Man Found Wednesday Morning in Lancaster Twp. Home

A 30-year-old man is charged with criminal homicide regarding the death of a man found Wednesday in a Lancaster Township home.  Matthew VanZandt, of Monroe County, is in custody in Lehigh County and will be transported to Lancaster County to face the charge of criminal homicide.  Manheim Township police Detective Nicholas Fritz filed the charge, hours after 31-year-old Ian Shannon was found dead at his home in the 400 block of Dickens Drive.

Early Wednesday morning, VanZandt went to a Lehigh County hospital and provided information about the death, specifically that he was involved in Shannon’s death.  Manheim Township police went to the Dickens Drive home and found Shannon, obviously deceased, in a bedroom.  The victim was stabbed and slashed numerous times. The knife believed to be used in the killing is in police custody.

VanZandt and Shannon were close acquaintances; the killing is not believed to be a random act.  VanZandt has a Monroe County address and had recently been staying at the Dickens Drive home.  Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson approved the charge and is coordinating the investigation, which is ongoing.  "Manheim Township police have been fully committed to this case, working in conjunction with our office,” Lancaster Couty District Attorney Craig Stedman said Wednesday afternoon. “Much has been learned about what took place, but the investigation is still progressing.”

At the time of this release, VanZandt is in the custody of Allentown police.  Arraignment is expected to happen in Lehigh County or after transport to Lancaster County.

VanZandt is presumed innocent.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright

Lancaster County District Attorney's Office

MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentinom@manheimtownshippolice.org