Man charged with murder in 'savage' Montco butter knife attack

Ian Bush
April 05, 2018 - 6:05 pm
Preston Lonnberg-Lane

Montgomery County District Attorney's Office


LANSDALE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Lansdale man who prosecutors say attacked his dad with a butter knife is now behind bars on murder charges. 

It was a "savage attack," according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, for which Preston Lonnberg-Lane has been arrested.

Police say they were called to the crime scene at the Lane home along Delaware Avenue in the borough by the suspect on March 27. According to a transcript of the 911 call, the 30-year-old said, "I just tried to kill everybody in the house."

First responders found his adoptive father, Thomas Lane, semi-conscious and suffering from a traumatic eye injury and apparent stab wounds to his head, neck, and arm. A bloody butter knife was on the bed where he'd been sleeping.

The 74-year-old died at the hospital.

Investigators say Lonnberg-Lane told them he snorted what he thought was fentanyl just before the attack. And, they say, he admitted to stabbing, punching, and choking his father — and attempting to pull out his eye.

Lonnberg-Lane has been charged with first- and third-degree murder and faces a preliminary hearing on Monday.