Woman wanted by police found hiding in an attic
Two people face charges after a woman wanted by Blair County sheriff’s deputies was found hiding in a Juniata attic.
Michael C. Fuge, 26, was charged with hindering apprehension after he allegedly denied that Kimberly Ann Marie Reynolds was at 514 N. 10th St. when deputies showed up there Monday evening to arrest her on an outstanding warrant.
According to charges filed by the Blair County Sheriff’s Office, deputies knocked on the door of the house just after 5 p.m. and heard Fuge say, it’s “the popo.”
He told deputies through the door that they needed a warrant when they asked if Reynolds was inside and then walked away, but a moment later, the homeowner came to the door and allowed deputies inside.
Police said the woman who owned the home indicated Reynolds was upstairs with Fuge. Deputies yelled upstairs for Reynolds to come down and give herself up, and when they received no response, deputies brought in the department’s dog, Rik.
Fuge could be seen at the top of the stairs. When he was told to come downstairs, he did, but he then denied Reynolds was in the house, according to the charges.
When deputies started to search the second floor, Fuge became worried and yelled for Reynolds to come down. He then told deputies that she was in the attic.
Altoona police arrived to assist, and officers found the attic door had been barricaded by various items. After removing the items and entering the attic, deputies announced they would let the dog loose if Reynolds didn’t come out.
According to the charges, there were several locked cubby holes in the attic, and as officers shined their light into one of them, they saw a piece of insulation moving.
Reynolds initially ignored commands to come out, but when the dog was mentioned again, she allegedly came out from behind the wall insulation and was taken into custody.
Officers noted in the charges that during the arrest, Reynolds got close to the dog and it lunged at her, but a check by AMED personnel confirmed the dog did not bite her in the incident.
Reynolds was charged with a felony charge of flight to avoid apprehension and lodged in Blair County Prison. Her bail is set at $15,000 cash. Fuge is charged with hindering apprehension and he was released on an unsecured $5,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing is slated for March 20 at Central Court.