City man jailed on stalking charge
Police: Suspect damaged vehicles
An Altoona man is in jail on charges he stalked his ex-wife and daughter.
James P. Kuhn, 62, of 500 Sixth Ave., was arraigned Friday morning on a felony count of stalking and three misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief after an Altoona police investigation into repeated vandalism of Kuhn’s ex-wife’s and daughter’s vehicles.
According to charges filed before Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, police have video footage of a man they’ve identified as Kuhn damaging the vehicles on several dates between Jan. 4 and Jan. 25.
Kuhn is currently on probation after pleading guilty to felony aggravated assault by vehicle from an incident in 2013 where he chased another driver down and intentionally crashed into the man’s van, causing it to wreck, on the 1200 block of Seventh Avenue just before 9 a.m. on a Tuesday.
DeAntonio set bail for Kuhn at $25,000 cash on Friday. He is due to appear at Central Court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.
Police indicated in the charges that Kuhn has a history of domestic violence and served time in prison after an incident in 1988 when the couple was still married. Kuhn forced his wife back to their home after she fled in fear of her life and held her at knifepoint until police were able to end the situation. She divorced him after he went to jail, police noted.
Police said footage from a surveillance camera shows a vehicle that matches Kuhn’s current SUV, one with distinctive features such as a roof rack and “5-star” rims, pulling into the alley where the women had parked their respective vehicles. In several of the incidents, Kuhn got out and damaged the vehicles, including slashing all four tires on one of the vehicles. On another occasion, he can be seen sticking a bar into the grill of his ex-wife’s vehicle and moving it around, damaging it.
Police estimated the damage to the vehicles at about $2,750.