Altoona man arrested after climbing onto roof of house


George G. Weatherwalk, 42, Altoona, is in jail, charged with flight to avoid apprehension.

Weatherwalk was charged after trying to keep from being arrested when Blair County sheriff’s deputies and Altoona police officers came to serve a felony warrant for him on the 1600 block of Fourth Street Thursday evening, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Officers came to the house and looked in, spotting Weatherwalk eating a sandwich — then throwing the remains out of a window, according to the affidavit.

Officers went to the front door, encountered a man who first denied Weatherwalk was inside, then, upon threat of arrest, stood aside while officers shouted for Weatherwalk to come down, according to the affidavit.

Weatherwalk then exited a second-floor window in the back, and when ordered by officers watching the rear of the house to come down, got onto the roof and sat, according to the affidavit.

He surrendered when an officer brought out a police dog and threatened to send the dog up after him, according to the affidavit.

Police apprehended him inside, when he came back in through the window.

As he was being taken to a car, he asked, “All this for a parole violation?” according to the affidavit.

Weatherwalk is in Blair County Prison in lieu of $2,500 cash bail, according to state online records.