Arrest made in attempted homicide
An Altoona man tried to kill a Coupon man after luring him out of his home, according to Logan Township police.
Joshua S. Shannon, 23, of 1508 15th St., is behind bars on attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related charges after a Thursday night incident on Maple Street, just outside Coupon, where police said he showed up and asked Mervin Lee Sollenberger for help.
It was 9:50 p.m. when Shannon allegedly told Sollenberger his truck was stuck about a quarter-mile away, so Sollenberger gave Shannon, whom he apparently knew, a ride on an ATV, police said.
Sollenberger returned home a short time later, covered in blood with severe injuries to his head, nose and mouth, Logan Township police said.
After Sollenberger was taken to UPMC Altoona, where he was initially placed in the intensive care unit, he told investigating officers that as he drove Shannon on his ATV to Shannon’s supposedly stuck truck, Shannon told him he dropped his cellphone.
When Sollenberger stopped the ATV, Shannon jumped off, police said.
Sollenberger told police that as he sat on the ATV, he “was struck violently across the nose and face by some type of club,” police noted in the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case.
Sollenberger said his vision blurred and his ears were ringing as Shannon reportedly pulled out a stun gun, police said.
Shannon pressed the stun gun toward Sollenberger’s abdomen, sparking the gun on Sollenberger’s shirt, but Sollenberger grabbed a club he had attached to the ATV’s front rack and fought off Shannon, police said.
As Sollenberger tried to turn his ATV to head home, Shannon allegedly told him he would “bury him beside” another man, a man who, along with Sollenberger, Shannon accused of turning information over to police, court records indicate. The affidavit doesn’t detail what information Sollenberger allegedly provided police.
Logan Township Police Chief Ron Heller said the investigation into the assault was ongoing, and he could not give any further information at this time.
There was no word Friday on Sollenberger’s condition, but police said he lost a lot of blood and suffered severe injuries.
Shannon, when questioned at his home after the incident, had blood spatter on his Nike shoes and a small cut on his head, police said.
He allegedly told police “It didn’t happen that way,” when asked if there was any connection between him and 319 Maple St., the area where police ultimately found tire tracks and blood.
Shannon was arraigned Friday morning by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson and lodged in Blair County Prison in lieu of $100,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is slated for Thursday.