Firecracker threat results in arrest

Noonan allegedly said he would blow up home with M80s


An Altoona man is behind bars after police say he threatened to set off M80 firecrackers unless his mother gave him her car keys.

Arin M. Noonan, 30, was arrested early Friday after he showed up at his mother’s home on the 2700 block of Sixth Avenue just after 1 a.m. and assaulted her after making threats that he would kill her and blow up the house with the firecrackers unless she gave him her car keys, according to Altoona police.

Noonan allegedly woke up his mother, and when she told him her keys were with his father at his house, Noonan became irate and threatened to start setting off M80 firecrackers in the house.

Police said Noonan headbutted the back of the woman’s head and held a knife to her throat in the kitchen before she called her husband to bring the keys. The husband called 911 and police arrived.

Noonan allegedly threatened to kill the woman and then himself.

Noonan told police he went to the house to get the keys but said he had a knife in the kitchen because he was helping his mother by putting dishes away, according to the charges.

Police charged Noonan with one count each of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, along with two counts of simple assault.

Bail was set by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner at $25,000 cash on Friday morning and Noonan remains in Blair County Prison.

A preliminary hearing is slated for May 27 at Central Court.


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