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Altoona girl, 15, faces charges as adult

Munoz accused of swinging hammer at grandmother

An Altoona teenager faces charges as an adult after police say she swung a hammer at her grandmother after refusing to stop watching television.

Renee J. Munoz, 15, was arrested Monday night after Altoona police were dispatched to a home on the 2700 block of Fifth Avenue just before 10 p.m.

According to police, Munoz grabbed a hammer and raised it behind her head after walking toward her 17-year-old brother. When the grandmother stepped between the two and told her, “You’re not hitting anyone, Munoz allegedly said, “I’m going to knock you out and then I’m going to knock him out.”

The grandmother was able to raise her left forearm and block the hammer when Munoz swung it, avoiding getting hit in the face, police said.

Munoz allegedly followed her brother to his bedroom with the hammer raised above her head and had to be pulled from the doorway by the grandmother. Munoz threatened to start breaking objects throughout the house and had to be blocked from going into various rooms.

She again threatened to knock her brother and grandmother out with the hammer after trying to go into her brother’s bedroom.

A short time later, she handed the hammer to her grandmother, police said.

The incident started when the grandmother tried to get Munoz to stop watching television. Police said Munoz went after he brother because he had slapped her leg when she wouldn’t give up the remote control. Several times, Munoz plugged the television back into the socket after her grandmother unplugged it, and police say she grabbed the hammer from the dining room floor after the breaker was turned off to cut off electricity to the television.

Munoz is charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and terroristic threats.

Munoz was arraigned Tuesday morning, but no bail information was available. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 10 before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones.

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