Area man tries to flee police

Damien P. Bio already facing prior charges

Mirror photo by Greg Bock Altoona police Patrolman Bryan Miller escorts 41-year-old Damien P. Bio into District Court on Fourth Avenue on Tuesday for arraignment on heroin and gun charges.

An Altoona man facing multiple drug and gun charges by Altoona and state police is behind bars after allegedly trying to run from officers.

Damien P. Bio, 41, of 1027 Sixth Ave., 2nd floor, was supposed to turn himself in to Altoona police Monday morning for arraignment on a heroin delivery case and a gun possession case, but after he didn’t show, police went looking for him.

According to charges filed against Bio, just before

11 a.m. Tuesday, Altoona police responded to 4028 Fourth Ave. on a tip that Bio was inside. Altoona police officers, along with Blair County Adult Probation and Parole officers, began a search of the house after talking to its occupant, 29-year-old Paige Kinback.

As an officer looked around inside, two Altoona officers standing in the alley saw Bio leaving through a basement door in the back. Bio walked toward the alley where the two officers stood, prompting one of them to draw a gun and order Bio to stop.

As the officers walked toward Bio, he jumped over a fence and started to run, police said.

Altoona police patrolman Bryan Miller grabbed Bio’s jacket as he ran through a neighboring yard, and Bio was tackled. Officers had to force Bio’s right arm from underneath his body so he could be handcuffed, police noted.

After his arrest, Bio was charged with felony escape and flight to avoid apprehension along with misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Bio was wanted by Altoona police for a June 22, 2016, search of his apartment that allegedly turned up a Hawes .357 Magnum handgun. The origin and owner of the gun was never found by Altoona police, and both Bio and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Brooke E. Walk, were charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Police noted in their charges that both had prior criminal convictions that made it illegal for either to have the gun.

Walk turned herself in to police on Monday, when those charges were filed by Altoona police and she and Bio were contacted to turn themselves in for arraignment. Walk was lodged in jail on a $20,000 cash bond on Monday and was released Tuesday after her bail was changed to an unsecured bond.

Altoona police also charged Bio with allegedly supplying $100 worth of heroin to a middle man who then sold the packets to a police informants in June 2016.

State police also allege Bio sold heroin to an informant and undercover state trooper in June 2016. According to charges filed by state police, Bio sold heroin for $80 on June 13, 2016, and then sold heroin packets to the informant and undercover officer at two separate times the

next day.

Bio’s bail on all four cases equals $125,000 cash, and he remains in Blair County Prison to await his preliminary hearings on the charges.

Bio is scheduled to appear at Hollidaysburg District Court on Tuesday to face the felony and misdemeanor drug charges filed by state police. Bio is then due at Central Court to face the Altoona police charges Wednesday.

Kinback has been charged with felony hindering apprehension. She was jailed Tuesday in lieu of 10 percent of $10,000 and is also scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 14.