Suspect accused of using BB gun to threaten man

An Altoona man is behind bars after police say he threatened a man with a BB gun.

Robert A. Poullos, 36, of 1805 Eighth Ave. was arrested Friday on the 300 block of Sixth Avenue after he was chased from the 100 block of East Fifth Avenue by a man he allegedly threatened with a BB gun.

According to Altoona police, the alleged victim and several witnesses told responding officers that Poullos pulled a gun and threatened to shoot the man.

The alleged victim told police Poullos showed up at his home at 5:45 a.m. and was asking for drugs. He told Poullos to leave, but Poullos refused and stayed about 20 minutes, continuing to ask for drugs. It was during this time that Poullos said “disrespectful” things to the man’s girlfriend, so he slapped Poullos in the face and put him in a headlock, Altoona police Patrolman Adam Miller noted in the charges.

Poullos then allegedly pulled out the handgun after the man let go of him. Witnesses said Poullos said, “Slap me now,” and threatened to shoot the man. The man retreated back into his home and grabbed a hockey stick before chasing Poullos down Fifth Avenue Alley.

Police said Poullos ditched the gun, which turned out to be a BB gun, in some bushes on the 100 block of Fifth Avenue Alley. The alleged victim dropped his hockey stick on the 100 block of Sixth Avenue and both men were stopped by Altoona police and detained when they reached the 300 block of the avenue.

Poullos denied having a gun or that any gun was involved in the incident, but after police found two CO2 cartridges on Poullos as well as the BB gun in the bushes, he admitted to having it.

The BB gun, which police indicated looks like a real handgun, was loaded with BBs and a CO2 cartridge that matched the brand found on Poullos.

Poullos was arrested and booked on misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct.

He was lodged in Blair County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $10,000 bail and is slated to appear at Central Court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 23.