Altoona Police Department

  • Agency: Altoona Police Department
  • Address: 1106 16th Street, 1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, 16603-1805 PA
  • Chief: Janice Freehling (Chief of Police)
Phone: 814-949-2489
Fax: (814) 944-5001

Altoona Police Department is located at 1106 16th Street, 1303 Lynn Avenue, Altoona, 16603-1805 PA. The Chief of Police of the department is Janice Freehling. The Altoona Police Department phone number is 814-949-2489.

Altoona Police Department News

The Altoona Police Department would like to announce the arrests of SHAWN AMICK and MARY BLACKIE for Operating a Large-Scale Methamphetamine Lab in the City of Altoona. On 3/5/18 at 2126 hrs, APD Officers and BCSD Deputies responded to 2827 Pine Avenue to investigate possible wanted persons. Officers believed that Amick, who had outstanding warrants for his arrest through the Blair County Sheriff’s Office, The Pennsylvania State Police, and The Perry County Sheriff’s Office, and Blackie who had an active arrest warrant through the Altoona Police Department, were to be residing at the home. Officers made contact at the residence and as Amick opened a rear door officers yelled that it was the Police. Amick then attempted to shut the door on officers but was unsuccessful, officers yelled for Amick to stop as he fled back into the home. Officers gave chase and Amick was taken into custody without further incident. Blackie was also located inside of the home and was placed into custody. While inside of the residence officers observed a large amount of methamphetamine manufacturing material in plain view. Officers subsequently evacuated the residence and secured a perimeter around same before obtaining a Search Warrant for the home. The Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Laboratory Team responded to the scene to disassemble the lab. In addition to the warrants, Amick is charged with 7 Felony and 6 Misdemeanor counts and was lodged in the Blair County Prison after failing to post $65,000 Cash Bail. Blackie is charged with 6 Felony and 6 Misdemeanor counts and was also lodged in the Blair County Prison after failing to post $35,000 Cash Bail. A big thank you to the Blair County Sheriff’s Department, Altoona Fired Department, and the Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance!

THURSDAY 02/22/18 - 2256hrs: Reported shots fired at Garfield Park. Caller heard several gunshots and observed a gray Dodge truck with off-road tires leaving the area. Officers collected several shell casings, but did not locate any damage or injured persons. Investigation ongoing. FRIDAY 02/23/18 - 0138hrs: 2nd Ave. and 7th St. DUI arrest - 1420hrs: 2410 Oak Ave. male arrested on bench warrant - 1716hrs: Reported juvenile runaway SATURDAY 02/24/18 - 0100hrs: PFA violation on E. Caroline Ave. - 0200hrs: Male threatened to jump off the 7th street bridge, but was located by officers prior to doing so. - 0730hrs: 3yr old girl found wandering the streets on the 500blk of Crawford Ave. Child was brought to the police station and later reunited with her parents. - 1901hrs: Motor vehicle accident near 220 E. 25th Ave. male arrested for DUI - 1930hrs: Social media post began circulating which threatened danger to a Altoona area school dance. After investigation suspect was located and charges are pending from Logan Twp. PD. SUNDAY 02/25/18 - 0111hrs: 1828 11th Ave. two males arrested on sheriff’s warrants. One male arrested on possession with intent to deliver narcotics and additional offenses. - 0203hrs: Officers were dispatched to the area of Margaret Ave. and 19th St. after an open phone line with a physical altercation taking place in the background. 911 dispatch was able to locate the phone call and officers located the male suspect and severely beaten female victim. Male took off running after being handcuffed and was apprehended once again. Two loaded handguns, one with an obliterated serial #, were located in the suspect’s backpack. - 1330hrs: Female granted an emergency PFA. Officers attempted to serve the PFA at 1212 2nd Ave when the male took off running out the back door. A brief foot chase ensued and the male was then served with the PFA. MONDAY 02/26/18 - 0100hrs: Emergency PFA granted to male plaintiff and served by officers at 1130 13th Ave. - 1047hrs: Physical Domestic involving two juvenile females at 324 2nd Ave. Female suspect suffered a stab wound to her own arm after charging at the juvenile victim with a knife. - 1500hrs: Warrant obtained for a male after violating an active PFA. - 1652hrs: Male arrested on a PFA violation at 431 E. 25th Ave. - 1730hrs: Male arrested on sheriff’s warrant at 112 E. 2nd Ave. - 2245hrs: Juvenile runaway located TUESDAY 02/27/18 - 0040hrs: 500blk 6th Ave. DUI arrest - 0203hrs: 19th St. & 3rd Ave. male arrested on sheriff’s warrant. - 1058hrs: Lloyd St. & E. Caroline Ave. female arrested on APD warrant. WEDNESDAY 02/28/18 - 0800hrs: 45yr old male with medical issues found deceased. - 2043hrs: Windows shot out with a pellet gun at residences on Baker Blvd. and Coleridge Ave. THURSDAY 03/01/18 - 0704hrs: Reported sexual assault to a female - 0846hrs: Juvenile male created threatening Snapchat video with a handgun. Officers responded to his residence and seized a CO2 pellet pistol which was identified as the firearm in the video. - 1800hrs: 200 6th Ave. male arrested for harassment FRIDAY 03/02/18 - 1100hrs: Male arrested by PSP Huntingdon on APD warrant and transferred to Altoona - 1120hrs: 302 warrant service SATURDAY 03/03/18 - 0312hrs: APD officers assisted Logan Twp. in a vehicle pursuit initiated by Logan Twp. Suspect vehicle then involved in a motor vehicle accident. Suspect fled on foot and was caught by pursuing officers on the 1400 blk of Jaggard St. - 0428hrs: 1900 blk. of Pleasant Valley Blvd. DUI Arrest - 0905hrs: Male arrested at 119 Lloyd St. on domestic violence charges after assaulting his wife. SUNDAY 03/04/18 - 0230hrs: Female arrested on sheriff’s warrant at 1422 18th Ave. - 0331hrs: Margaret Ave. & 17th St. DUI arrest - 1400hrs: Female cardiac arrest resulting in death. - 1933hrs: 700 blk. Chestnut Ave. DUI arrest - 2314hrs: Female overdose, 302 warrant issued. MONDAY 03/05/18 - 0200hrs: Female arrested in Cleveland, OH on APD drug delivery warrant. Female will be transported back to PA. - 1943hrs: Male arrested on domestic violence charges at 1212 N. 5th Ave. - 2126hrs: Female arrested on APD warrant and male arrested on a sheriff’s warrant when a large meth lab operation was located inside the residence at 2827 Pine Ave. More details to follow.

On February 27, 2018 at 10:53 a.m. this white male suspect steals a set of headphones and a cellular phone charger from the Lloyd Street Dollar General Store. The suspect then looks directly at the cashier and walks out of the store. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect, please send us a private message. Thank you

On February 27, 2018 at 10:53 a.m. this white male suspect steals a set of headphones and a cellular phone charger from the Lloyd Street Dollar General Store. The suspect then looks directly at the cashier and walks out of the store. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this suspect, please send us a private message. Thank you

We would like to thank the wonderful woman who walked into our police station this morning and gave us these delicious Mrs. Grove’s cinnamon buns! No wonder we have lost a few foot pursuits lately ! 😂😂

On February 14, 2018 an elderly male was registering for a doctor’s appt. inside the station medical center, leaving his coat in the waiting area while he was at the front desk. This white male suspect sat down beside the coat and stole $150.00 cash from the elderly man’s coat pocket. The male suspect is pictured wearing dark jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt. We apologize for the quality, but anyone with information in reference to the identity of this suspect, please contact Det. Wright at the Altoona Police Dept. or send a message to this page. Thank you

On February 14, 2018 an elderly male was registering for a doctor’s appt. inside the station medical center, leaving his coat in the waiting area while he was at the front desk. This white male suspect sat down beside the coat and stole $150.00 cash from the elderly man’s coat pocket. The male suspect is pictured wearing dark jeans and a black hooded sweatshirt. We apologize for the quality, but anyone with information in reference to the identity of this suspect, please contact Det. Wright at the Altoona Police Dept. or send a message to this page. Thank you

* LOST DOG * Jada is a 3yr old female rescue who ran away from the area of 31st St. & Oak Ave. Jada’s owner passed away this week and she is currently being cared for by a friend. She is friendly, but very shy. If seen or located, please call Tom at 814-381-4246. Thank you 🐶

* TELEPHONE SCAMS * This is just a reminder that we are still receiving numerous complaints about telephone scams. No legitimate agency is calling to threaten that you will be arrested if you don’t pay outstanding fines and the IRS is not calling to demand that you pay outstanding taxes. PLEASE DO NOT release any personal information to these callers and simply hang up. The phone calls may come from any area code or any telephone number and cannot be traced back. Unfortunately we are unable to provide any assistance other than providing this warning and telling you to HANG UP on these pathetic scam artists! Thank you 👍🏼

*UPDATE* *UPDATE* *UPDATE* Richard Hollibaugh is currently incarcerated in the Huntingdon County Jail and will be transported to Blair County Prison in the morning. Thank you for sharing! ************************************************* RICHARD KJ HOLLIBAUGH has an active felony warrant through the Altoona Police Department. On September 19, 2017 in the early morning hours, Hollibaugh and two other suspects entered the Greystone building (formerly Bon Secours) which is currently under construction, through a hole in the wall. The suspects gathered a large amount of scrap copper inside the building and were attempting to remove it when police were called. One suspect ran from the building and was apprehended after a foot pursuit. Hollibaugh and another suspect were able to get away as officers chased the initial suspect. All suspects were identified and arrested during the investigation, however Hollibaugh has yet to be located. Hollibaugh currently resides in Mount Union, PA. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of RICHARD KJ HOLLIBAUGH please contact APD, Mount Union Police, or the PA State Police. Please Share, Thank You.

The Altoona Police Department would like to announce the arrest of Nyshaun Kemp. On Sunday 02/25/18 at 02:03 a.m. the Blair Co. 911 Center received a cell phone call, but could only hear a physical assault taking place in the background. The 911 center was able to locate the cell phone to provide APD officers with a better location. It was later discovered that Nyshaun Kemp had brutally beaten his girlfriend in the area of 19th St. and Margaret Ave. Officers were able to locate Kemp who was on foot in the area and detained him in handcuffs. Upon locating the severely beaten female who was close by, Kemp was taken into custody. While providing aid to the female, Kemp took off running while handcuffed behind his back. After a brief foot chase Kemp was apprehended several blocks away and transported to the Altoona Police Department. Kemp was wearing a backpack during this incident and upon a custodial search, two loaded firearms were discovered inside Kemp’s backpack. A Walther PPX .40 cal handgun and a Ruger Mark IV 22/45 pistol. The serial # to the Ruger was completely obliterated and unreadable. Officers are still tracking the ownership of the Walther .40 as well. Kemp is a convicted felon not to possess a firearm and was charged with numerous offenses including Aggravated Assault under the Domestic Violence statute. Nyshaun Kemp is currently lodged in the Blair County Prison.

The Altoona Police Department and the Altoona Area School District Police are aware of the disturbing message that is circulating throughout SnapChat as of yesterday evening. The incident is currently being investigated and we assure you that all appropriate steps will be taken to provide a safe resolution. Thank you *UPDATE* The source of this message has been located by law enforcement and WE ASSURE YOU THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO IMMEDIATE THREAT TO STUDENTS OR FACULTY. The safety of our children is ALWAYS our #1 priority and we cannot stress enough that there is NO IMMEDIATE DANGER in reference to this incident. Please have faith that this situation is being handled more than appropriately and that no matter what, ALL complaints involving our children will be taken seriously. Thank you

The two female suspects in the retail theft from Martin’s were positively identified by many of you as Christina Parnell and Renee Rutherford, which was then confirmed by APD. The appropriate charges will be filed. Thanks again to all of you 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

The Altoona Police Department is investigating a retail theft that occurred on Sunday 02/18/18 at approx. 6:50p.m. at Martin’s Grocery Store on Logan Blvd. The two unidentified females, left the store with several shopping cart loads of groceries , totaling $433.00 without paying. Anyone with information regarding the identity of these females, please contact Ptlm. Paskowski at our station or send us a private message. Surveillance footage to follow. Thank you

Burglary that occurred last night at Vape Vibe in Logan Twp. Anyone with information is asked to contact their department. Thank you

The owner was located and will be picking the dog up from our station. Thank you for sharing. 🐶

Female pitbull found on the 800 block of N. 4th St. in the Juniata section of Altoona. Anyone who recognizes her please have the owner contact APD by phone or send us a message, thanks. 🐶

Thank you Because We Care Foundation for your kind words and support. We are simply doing our job, which is a lot easier to do with organizations like you and our Facebook followers! Everyone did a great job this morning TOGETHER as a TEAM to safely get this child back home! Thank you again 🐻👍🏼🐻

The 3yr old girl who was found this morning on the 500 blk. of Crawford Ave. was reunited with her family after a person saw her on APD Facebook and contacted the mother. Officers and CYS inspected the residence and it was discovered that the child unlocked the deadbolt and door lock, leaving the residence prior to her parents waking up. CYS is still investigating, but at this point there are no pending criminal charges. Thank you all for sharing so quickly which ultimately resulted in officers locating the child’s home. We also want to thank Ray Bookhamer for originally finding the little girl on the street and contacting police. We wish that we were able to leave her picture posted to show how happy she was at APD with her new bear, but are thankful for a quick and safe resolution. Thanks to all once again, great job Facebook! 😊 👍🏼 🐻

The child’s mother was located and she is currently being reunited with her family, more details to follow.

A TRIBUTE TO SOME RECENTLY FALLEN BROTHERS *Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin* - Prince George’s County Police Department, MD: On 02/21/18 at 10:15a.m. Cpl. Ramzziddin was off-duty when he assisted in a domestic incident in his neighborhood where the male suspect had a shotgun. In an attempt to save the female’s life, Cpl. Ramzziddin was fatally shot by the male suspect. The suspect then stole Cpl. Ramzziddin’s service weapon and fled in a vehicle. The suspect was pursued by police for 10 miles in a high speed chase and was subsequently shot and killed. Cpl. Ramzziddin who was also a Marine Corp veteran leaves behind a wife and 4 children. *Officer Justin Billa* - Mobile Police Department, AL: On 02/20/18 Ofc. Billa and other officers were approaching a residence of a suspect who had just murdered his ex-wife. While approaching the residence, the suspect emerged from the front doorway and opened fire on officers, fatally wounding Ofc. Billa. After a 3 hour stand-off, the suspect was found deceased inside the residence. Ofc. Billa was 27yrs old and leaves behind a wife and 1yr old son. *Deputy Sheriff Kevin Stanton* - Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, FL: On 02/17/18 at 5:10a.m. Deputy Stanton was on patrol driving on I-95. A tractor-trailer which was driving beside Deputy Stanton suffered a tire blow-out causing the driver to lose control and go into the traffic lane of Deputy Stanton resulting in a fatal accident. Deputy Stanton was 32yrs old and had served with the department for 10 1/2 years. The Altoona Police Department would like to thank our brothers for their service and send our deepest condolences to their families. May you fly high and watch over your families from a greater place. God Bless 😔🇺🇸👮🏻‍♂️

SUNDAY 02/11/18 - 56yr old male cardiac arrest resulting in death - 0035hrs: 300blk N. 10th St. DUI arrest with drug charges - 0157hrs: 17th St. & Valley View Blvd. DUI arrest - 0310hrs: 1919 13th Ave.DUI arrest with drug charges - 1544hrs: City Hall Commons female arrested for defiant trespass MONDAY 02/12/18 - 0150hrs: 3rd Ave & 3rd St Officers attempted a vehicle stop where the driver fled on foot. Driver was located at a residence and arrested for Fleeing & Eluding along with drug charges - 1053hrs: AAHS two juveniles females trying to leave school. One arrested on drug charges and one for defiant trespass. -1607hrs: A juvenile female attempted to flee from the police station while waiting for juvenile probation and resisted officers TUESDAY 02/13/18 - 0100hrs: An adult male was jumped and assaulted by several individuals in the area of 22nd Ave & 4th St. The male victim was hospitalized. Investigation is ongoing. - 0116hrs: A female cardiac arrest resulting in death, possibly a drug overdose - 0938hrs: A male overdose patient at 5928 Evergreen Court. The male was transported to UPMC Altoona when he became combative and attempted to assault AMED workers. Male was restrained by police and treated at the hospital - 1454hrs: Hit & Run accident at 6th Ave. & 11th St. Two males and one female fled on foot from the striking vehicle. All were later identified and will be receiving charges. WEDNESDAY 02/14/18 - 1030hrs: Juvenile runaway Located - 1034hrs: Reported theft of a Hertz rental vehicle THURSDAY 02/15/18 - 0236hrs: Reported child abuse at 1207 S. 27th St. 2yr old child with a broken femur transported to UPMC Children’s in Pittsburgh. 3 week old sibling was also removed from the residence by CYS as a safety precaution. Investigation is ongoing. - 0519hrs: Adult male who was suicidal wanted to jump from the 7th St. bridge. Male was successfully talked down and transported to UPMC for treatment. - 1100hrs: Stolen vehicle from Hertz rental was located - 1230hrs: Juvenile female arrested at Chestnut Ave. Sheetz for underage drinking and retail theft - 1600hrs: Juvenile runaway located at Walgreen’s and fought with officers. Juvenile was later released to CYS and Juvenile probation FRIDAY 02/16/18 - 0010hrs: 1700blk Pleasant Valley Blvd. DUI arrest - 0903hrs: 18yr old female victim was assaulted by multiple suspects near the Chestnut Ave. Sheetz and suffered a punctured lung along with other injuries. Investigation ongoing - 1100hrs: Juvenile male runaway stole $4,000 cash from his father and left the state - 1700hrs: Juvenile runaway who stole cash from his father was located by Hillside City Police Dept. in Michigan and is being held until he can be returned to his father in PA - 1533hrs: Reported female juvenile runaway - 2021hrs: Reported sexual assault of a juvenile SATURDAY 02/17/18 - 0155hrs: 200blk E. 5th Ave. DUI arrest with False ID charges - 0206hrs: 1802 Union Ave. DUI arrest - 0312hrs: 700 Chestnut Ave. DUI arrest - 0404hrs: 1701 7th Ave. False ID and Blair Co. Sheriff’s warrant arrest - 1122hrs: 1916 15th Ave. Public drunkenness arrest - 1253hrs: Reported sexual assault - 2026hrs: 700 Chestnut Ave. Retail theft and Public Drunkenness arrest - 2128hrs: Cardiac arrest resulting in death - 2259hrs: 407 E Plank Rd. juvenile arrested for underage drinking SUNDAY 02/18/18 -0117hrs: Vehicle struck a house in the 300blk of 3rd Ave. alley and attempted to flee. Two males were detained by officers. A search of the vehicle resulted in a seizure of of marijuana and materials associated with drug sales. Driver charged with PWID, DUI, and additional charges - 0200hrs: Hit & Run to parked vehicle. Driver was located at 1506 N. 4th Ave. and arrested for DUI - 1013hrs: A male pit bull mix viciously attacked it’s owner and several other dogs inside the residence. Owner was hospitalized with numerous wounds. MONDAY 02/19/18 - 0140hrs: Vehicle pursuit from 19th St. & Margaret Ave. to Oak Ave. & Race St. Male driver fled on foot to the 3000 blk. of Walnut Ave. Search of the vehicle resulted in marijuana and male’s identification. Warrant obtained for fleeing & eluding. - 0706hrs: 1209 S. 27th St. female arrested on drug charges - 1950hrs: Male cardiac arrest resulting in death TUESDAY 02/20/18 - 1726hrs: Male turned himself in at APD on fleeing & eluding charges - 1955hrs: 1221 N. 4th Ave. officers responded to a physical domestic. Male suspect was arrested for domestic violence and committed to BCP. WEDNESDAY 02/21/18 - 0044hrs: Kettle St. & E. Walton Ave. DUI arrest - 1550hrs: Female arrested on domestic violence warrant by Bedford PSP and transported to APD

The male suspect posted earlier was positively identified by our Facebook followers in just 15 minutes after posting! Thanks to all of you for your assistance, we really appreciate it! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Natalie J. McCarty was arrested by the Pennsylvania State Police in Bedford and transferred into the custody of APD approximately 3 hours after she was posted on our page. Thank you to PSP for their assistance and to all of you for sharing 👍🏼