Two accused of assaulting man

Two Altoona men face felony charges after they allegedly assaulted a man outside an East End sub shop.

William M. DeCriscio, 25, and Christopher P. Hicks Jr., 24, both of 1014 S. Second St., were arrested Sunday night by Altoona police after an argument outside TK’s Subs and Six Packs, 203 E. Sixth Ave., about 9 p.m., according to police.

Altoona police said the two men were in an argument outside the sub shop with four people – three men and a woman – when DeCriscio allegedly pushed one of the men and tried to punch him.

Hicks allegedly punched one of the men, and the altercation escalated when DeCriscio allegedly picked up a rock and struck one of the men in the head, face and hand, police said.

DeCriscio and Hicks then fled, but police caught up with the two at their home. Police said DeCriscio was uncooperative and struggled with officers when they tried to take him into custody.

Hicks, police said, tried to pull away from officers to intervene in the struggle between DeCriscio and police outside their home.

Both men face criminal conspiracy and aggravated assault charges – both felonies – as well as counts of simple assault, resisting arrest and obstructing police.

The two men were arraigned Monday morning by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller, and Hicks was placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of $35,000 cash bail. DeCriscio was also jailed after failing to come up with $25,000 cash bail.

A preliminary hearing at Central Court is slated for Aug. 20.