TPD: Man used rock, razor in assault

TYRONE – A Tyrone woman was hit with a rock, shoved to the ground and cut with a razor in an alleged robbery attempt.

Victor R. Taylor, 32, of 1058 Pennsylvania Ave., Apt. 5, rear, Tyrone, was jailed Thursday night after Tyrone police charged him with a list of charges, including attempted robbery and aggravated assault, stemming from an alleged attack of a woman.

It was about 8:30 a.m. when the woman, who was taking a walk near Shea Field and Bald Eagle Avenue, stopped by the edge of the Bald Eagle Creek, according to police. The woman heard a noise and turned to see a stranger standing behind her. The man, later identified as Taylor, threw a rock that struck the woman in the head, and when she tried to run past him, he shoved her to the ground, straddled her and demanded her wallet, police said.

“Give me your wallet,” Taylor allegedly yelled before pulling the woman’s sweat shirt off her body. Police said Taylor then used a small razor to cut the woman’s stomach and leg before he tried taking off her pants.

Police said the woman fended off Taylor, grabbed her cellphone and told him she had called police.

Taylor ran off, police said, and when officers arrived, they found the woman sitting on the ground, crying and talking to the 911 dispatcher. Her sweat shirt was several feet away, as was one of her shoes, police said. The woman’s face was dirty, she had a red scratch mark on the side of her face and a bump, as well as cuts on her forehead, police noted. The woman was taken to UPMC Altoona for treatment of her injuries.

Based on the woman’s description, police honed in on Taylor as a suspect, and when the woman saw him, she broke down crying and identified him as her attacker except for one noticeable difference – she said her attacker had a beard, police said. Still, the woman said it was him and recognized his voice. Police said when questioned about his beard, Taylor told officers he had shaved at about 3 p.m. Thursday, the first time in about a week.

Taylor’s bail was set at $75,000 by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller and lodged in Blair County Prison. A preliminary hearing is slated for Tuesday in Tyrone District Court.