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Two charged for vandalism spree

Duo accused of damaging multiple properties

Two more arrests were made Monday in connection with a vandalism spree in December that damaged about 50 properties in Altoona.

Ethan E. Potter, 21, and Joshua A. Hogans, 22, both of Altoona, are facing felony charges of criminal mischief and conspiracy along with misdemeanor counts of institutional vandalism and loitering and prowling at night, after police said they, along with Tyler J. Prosser, 20, of Loretto, spray painted businesses, houses, garages, fences and vehicles on the night of Dec. 29.

According to the charges filed by Altoona police, officers were called to the area near UPMC Altoona after three people were seen damaging hospital and surrounding properties with spray paint.

Officers found several properties throughout the city that were spray painted with phrases such as “IV,” “Aloe” or “Ugly Kidz.”

Surveillance video from a store on Chestnut Avenue showed three individuals walking along the 700 block of Lexington Avenue toward KNY Family Fitness about

4 a.m. Police said “significant” spray paint damage was done to the KNY building.

Police then checked the hospital’s surveillance video which showed the three individuals spray painting hospital property about

4:30 a.m.

When police questioned Potter, he allegedly admitted to taking part in the vandalism along with Hogans and Prosser.

Police said Potter told them he didn’t remember how many properties were tagged, but that he spray painted most of the “Aloe,” Hogans spray painted most of the “IV” and Prosser wrote most of the “Ugly Kidz” phrases.

When police went to Hogans’ house to question him, they allegedly found multiple spray paint cans scattered on the front lawn. Hogans allegedly admitted to police that he was with Potter and Prosser the night the vandalism occurred and that the phrase “IV” was for a deceased friend.

The vandalism spree, which police said covered “a large range of the city of Altoona,” caused about $12,000 in damages.

Prosser was arrested and charged in February for his alleged role in the spray painting.

Both Potter and Hogans were arraigned on Monday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio and released on $10,000 unsecured bond. Preliminary hearings are scheduled for May 15, in front of DeAntonio.

Mirror Staff Writer Rick Boston is at 946-7535.

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