Police: City man found hiding in garage

Easter allegedly violated PFA order

An Altoona man is in custody after police say he showed up at a woman’s home in violation of a protection-from-abuse order and then smashed her basement window.

According to Altoona police, Shawn W. Easter, 41, was found hiding in a garage next door to the home, located on the 2400 block of Fourth Avenue, when police arrived about 2 a.m.

The woman told officers Easter walked onto the porch and was looking in the window about 2 a.m. when he was spotted by her 17-year-old daughter. The girl got her mother, and the woman said she saw Easter on the porch and told him to leave.

Police indicated the woman has a temporary PFA order against Easter.

The woman said Easter left the porch and walked in between her house and the neighbor’s home and a minute later, she heard glass breaking. She then called 911. When officers arrived, they discovered Easter hiding in the neighbor’s garage.

Police said the basement window had been broken out.

Easter was booked on charges of felony attempted burglary and criminal trespass along with misdemeanor counts of loitering and prowling at night and criminal mischief.

Bail was set by Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger at 10 percent of $20,000, and Easter remains in Blair County Prison. A preliminary hearing is slated for July 22 before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones.


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