Police: City man pushed way into house

Johnson allegedly followed dogs into family’s home

An Altoona man is in jail after police say he walked into a 15th Street home along with the family dogs.

Robert C. Johnson IV, 33, of 1520 18th St., was arrested Monday night after he allegedly pushed past a woman as she was letting the family’s dogs back inside a house on the 1500 block of 15th Street.

According to the charges filed by Altoona police, Johnson was saying something that was unintelligible and made it a few feet down a hallway inside the door when he was bitten by one of the dogs.

Police said Johnson then ran outside and was in the yard until the husband of the woman yelled for him to leave and he walked to the edge of the woods. Johnson stood and watched the homeowner until police were called, when he walked to the 15th Street and 13th Avenue Alley with the homeowner following.

Responding officers caught up with Johnson and the homeowner in the alley and police said Johnson admitted he had walked in the house but claimed he was making a delivery for a food store. Police said that store closes at 6 p.m. and 911 was called more than an hour after that time. Police wrote in the charges that Johnson’s story was inconsistent and “he would jump all over the place with his answers.” He was also sweating profusely despite the fact he was wearing shorts and a T-shirt and the outside temperature was only 72 degrees. He was also unsteady on his feet, police added.

Johnson told officers he had taken Ambien and marijuana, when asked by cops.

Another witness told police that before Johnson walked into the house, he had tried to open the doors to a vehicle of a woman who was backing out of her property into the alley. Johnson allegedly tried to open the rear passenger door and then the driver’s door before the woman drove off.

Johnson was booked on a felony count of criminal trespass and cited for public drunkenness. He was arraigned Tuesday morning by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones and lodged in Blair County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing on the charges is slated for Sept. 25 at Central Court.