Police: Man had knife in robbery
An Altoona man wielded a knife in a weekend robbery and assault at a Fourth Avenue home, police said.
Michael E. Findley, 21, of 800 56th St. was arrested Saturday night about 7:40 p.m. on the 1800 block of 11th Street about four hours after he allegedly pulled a knife on a homeowner, demanded money and assaulted the man, according to Altoona police.
The incident started about 3:30 p.m. when a man and a woman were inside a home on the 2100 block of Fourth Avenue. Police said Findley, who was known by the woman, knocked on the door, and the couple walked outside to talk with him.
The three walked inside the house, and Findley told the man he wanted to talk with him in private, but police said once the two went to a second-floor bedroom, Findley pulled a Bowie-style knife with a 9-inch blade and demanded money from the man.
Findley allegedly took $100 in $20 bills that was sitting on an entertainment center, but he wanted more. When the man refused and tried to grab the knife, Findley allegedly struck the man in the face.
Police said Findley fled when the woman ran upstairs and called the police. The man suffered a possible fractured orbital bone and had cuts to his hands and was taken by ambulance to UPMC Altoona for treatment, police noted.
Findley was booked on felony aggravated assault and robbery charges as well as related misdemeanors. Findley remains in Blair County prison in lieu of 10 percent of $75,000 bond.
Convicted dealer arrested again
A New York native convicted of selling drugs in Blair County is back behind bars after police say he sold $1,424 worth of heroin to an informant.
Levar A. Riley, 34, of Girardville, Schuylkill County, was picked up by Altoona police and members of the Blair County Drug Task Force on Friday after Riley allegedly delivered 150 packets of heroin to a police informant at the Logan Valley Mall, police said.
Riley has previous drug convictions, including several in Blair County that resulted in state prison sentences. Riley was in the middle of a four- to eight-year sentence in 2010 when he received an additional three- to six-year drug sentence.
Riley, who is currently on state parole, was arraigned By Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on felony and misdemeanor drug charges and placed in Blair County Prison in lieu of $75,000 cash bail. A preliminary hearing is slated for Sept. 4.