City man, 36, accused of giving alcohol to boy
Suspect faces felony charge of interference with custody of a child
A 36-year-old Altoona man is behind bars after state police said he took a 16-year-old boy to his motel room and gave him alcohol and Xanax.
Adam Wayne Woomer, whose address is listed as the Bellemeade Motel, Apartment 6, on East Pleasant Valley Boulevard, is accused of picking the boy up at his home in Altoona on Sunday night, buying the juvenile alcohol and taking him back to the motel, where he then gave him an alprazolam pill.
The boy was found by Altoona police at the motel early Monday after his parents reported him missing. According to charges filed by state police, Woomer was only wearing underwear when he answered the door for the pair of Altoona police officers who arrived at the motel. The boy was lying in bed, naked and asleep. Police were unable to wake the boy, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The boy was taken by ambulance to UPMC Altoona, where he spoke to state police about 3:15 a.m.
The boy appeared sluggish and slurred his words, but he told police that he had been drinking Mike’s Hard Lemonade with Woomer. Text messages on the boy’s phone allegedly show Woomer asking the boy to “sleep over” and that “it would be awesome to fall alseep next to someone.” Woomer also texted to the boy, “I really need you now/plus I’m high and alone 🙁 with no sweet guy to lay with and talk.”
The boy told police later in the day on Monday that he met Woomer at a party in December but that Woomer had told him his last name was Lambert. The two had been hanging out and had become good friends, the boy said.
When Woomer went to the boy’s house with him earlier on Sunday, the boy’s father noticed Woomer looked much older and told him to leave and to stay away from the boy, state police noted.
Police said there were numerous empty beer cans and bottles throughout Woomer’s room, along with several bottles of prescription pills that included gabapentin, hydroxyzine, hydroxyzin, alprazolam and pantoprazole.
Woomer allegedly told police that he thought the boy was 21 and denied giving him alcohol or drugs. Woomer said he and the boy were both going through rough times in their lives and were “trying to comfort each other,” state police Trooper Eric Griswold noted in the charges. Woomer said nothing sexual occurred and “they just comforted each other.”
Woomer is charged with a felony count of interference with the custody of a child along with misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and furnishing alcohol to minors.
Bail was set by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger at $30,000 cash, and Woomer remains locked up in Blair County Prison to await his preliminary hearing on March 13 in Tyrone.