Police: Man attacked over snake

An Altoona man faces charges after police say he assaulted his partner after an argument over their pet snake.

Michael F. Cox, 39, is accused of pushing his partner into a glass door, breaking it, before hitting him on the nose, according to Altoona police.

Officers who were dispatched about 8:30 p.m. Saturday said the home on the 2500 block of Fifth Avenue was in disarray. Only the alleged victim was home and he was reluctant to give police his name, Cox’s name or tell them what happened.

Ultimately, he told police he and Cox were out at a local tavern and when they returned, they argued about their pet snake that was freed from its cage recently, police noted.

The alleged victim said Cox got upset, started breaking decorative plates that were on display in the dining room. Cox then grabbed the man by the arms, pushed him into the kitchen and then the glass door.

Police said the alleged victim had a bloody nose and other injuries.

Cox was found by police at a home in Juniata and arrested.

Cox was arraigned Sunday morning by Magisterial District Fred Miller and released on an unsecured $15,000 bond.

He is charged with misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on Aug. 12 at Central Court.


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