Police: Woman threatened mother with frying pan

An Altoona woman is in jail after she allegedly battered her mother’s stove with a frying pan, then raised the pan threateningly at responding police officers.

Melissa Ann Plessinger, 45, was arguing with her 85-year-old mother when she bashed the stove in a rage, police said. Her mother, allegedly afraid for her safety, called 911.

Two Altoona officers arrived and helped Plessinger’s mother gather her possessions to stay with other relatives.

“Yes, I did that,” Plessinger reportedly told police, gesturing toward the dented stove. “She got me angry.”

While the officers helped the mother gather her things, the mother and daughter allegedly began another heated argument, with Plessinger grabbing a pan and swinging it over her head.

Altoona officer Julie Cruse, thinking Plessinger was about to attack her partner with the pan, drew her handgun.

Instead, Plessinger bashed the stove again – but before she could raise the pan for another hit, an officer grabbed her arm and handcuffed her, according to a police report.

Plessinger was charged with aggravated assault and criminal mischief. She remains in Blair County Prison in lieu of $15,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday before Magisterial District Judge Todd F. Kelly.