City man accused of stalking

A city man is behind bars after police say he stalked a woman at her 26th Street home.

Christopher A. Lauver, 23, was arrested Sunday night after Altoona police were called to a home on the 600 block of 26th Street for a second time that day.

Lauver, who lived with the woman until September and now has no fixed address, was at the home and allegedly had broken the back window of an SUV, a picture frame inside the house and stolen the woman’s cellphone.

The woman had called police on Lauver at 9 a.m. Sunday, and when she returned home about

10:30 p.m., she unlocked the door, turned around and saw Lauver had followed her into the house.

Police said Lauver struggled with the woman, who was holding a baby, as he tried to get her cellphone from her pocket. The woman ran to a neighbor’s house, but no one was home, so she ran back inside her house and locked Lauver outside.

The woman noticed a picture frame was broken inside the home and while Lauver was locked outside, he allegedly smashed the back window of the woman’s mother’s SUV.

The woman told police she thought Lauver was hiding in the covered entranceway to the basement when she came home and police said there were footprints in the snow in that matched Lauver’s shoes.

The cellphone Lauver took from the woman was retrieved by a neighbor, who came outside when he heard a commotion. Police said the screen was broken when the woman got it back.

When Lauver was arrested, he allegedly had two keys to the home in his pocket from when he lived there in September, but he did not have a key to the deadbolt the woman used to lock the door.

Lauver allegedly had methamphetamine in his pocket and admitted he had used some earlier in the evening.

Lauver was booked on charges that include felony burglary, robbery and criminal trespass along with misdemeanor stalking and theft.

Bail was set by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller at $7,500 cash and Lauver was lodged in Blair County Prison. A preliminary hearing is slated for Feb. 6 at Central Court.

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