Police: Man fought with officers

An Altoona man was intoxicated when he ran amok on 17th Street, according to police.

It took three Altoona police officers to subdue Michael J. Boccardi, 47, of 2007 Eighth Ave., Tuesday night after Boccardi allegedly ran down the middle of Seventh Avenue and into Sheetz, where he then yelled “gun,” about 8 p.m. police noted in the affidavit of probable cause.

Police said Boccardi then ran behind the counter, pushed five Sheetz employees and began screaming. Boccardi allegedly refused to leave the store and police were called, but when officers arrived they could see Boccardi running along the 600 block of 17th Street. Boccardi was running in the travel lanes with his hands in the air, screaming police said.

When an officer told him to stop, Boccardi allegedly turned and walked back to the officer, police said. When an officer tried to take him into custody, Boccardi yelled, “I don’t know you,” and pulled away.

Police said two officers took Boccardi to the ground where he continued to resist officers’ attempts to place him in handcuffs. An officer sprayed pepper spray in Boccardi’s face, but it did nothing, police said.

At one point, Boccardi allegedly told the police, “I’m going to get your gun,” before kicking one of the officers in the thigh. Police said officers then used a baton in an attempt to subdue Boccardi, but he continued to struggle.

Ultimately, it took three officers to secure handcuffs on Boccardi and he had to be carried off the road, which had to be closed down, to a waiting Altoona police patrol car, police said.

Police said Boccardi had slurred speech, glassy eyes and staggered when he walked. Boccardi allegedly told an officer back at the Altoona Police Department that he had “smoked some weed” and thought someone had slipped him some drugs, according to the affidavit.

The three officers involved in the struggle had only minor injuries, police said.

Boccardi was arraigned Wednesday on three counts each felony aggravated assault and felony disarming law enforcement as well as misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, simple assault, resisting arrest, defiant trespass and disorderly conduct. Boccardi also faces summary counts of intoxicated pedestrian causing a hazard, obstructing highways, harassment and public drunkenness.

Boccardi was lodged in Blair County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $25,000. A preliminary hearing is slated for Wednesday at Central Court.