Teen faces felony charges
Colon arraigned on attempted murder, aggravated assault among other counts
A juvenile is in custody on attempted murder charges after an investigation revealed he allegedly fired three shots at a rival near Altoona Area High School last month, court documents state.
Altoona resident Louis Antonio Colon, 17, was arraigned Monday by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio on multiple charges as an adult, including felony attempted murder, two counts of felony aggravated assault, felony carrying a firearm without a license, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a firearm by a minor and three counts of recklessly endangering another person, according to court documents.
Using surveillance footage and eyewitness accounts, police were able to piece together the events of a shooting in Altoona on April 7.
Police accused Colon of firing a 9 mm handgun at a man, who was standing next to his vehicle with his 2-year-old child inside near the intersection of 10th Street and Fifth Avenue, police reported.
Colon and another juvenile were riding bikes in the area when Colon allegedly got off his bike, crossed the street, walked around a vehicle and fired at the victim, a criminal complaint stated.
The victim was reluctant to speak to police, but later agreed — though some of the information he provided was determined to be false, police reported.
Prior to the shooting, the victim was driving past Colon and the other juvenile when the two juveniles started laughing, yelling and pointing in the victim’s direction, court documents stated.
To prove he wasn’t afraid of the two juveniles, the victim said he turned around, drove back and exited the vehicle, which resulted in a verbal altercation between himself and Colon, police reported.
While arguing, Colon allegedly drew a handgun and fired at the victim, who said he saw dust flying up as the bullets hit the dirt around him, court documents stated.
The victim denied police requests to view his phone, and told police he hadn’t met Colon prior to the incident, adding he wouldn’t name the shooter, because he didn’t “like to put people out there like that,” police reported.
After compiling a search warrant for the victim’s phone, however, police discovered the victim and Colon had known each other prior to the shooting, a criminal complaint stated.
One of Colon’s relatives later told police that Colon and the victim had a history of problems with each other, police reported.
Despite the connection between the two, Colon’s real identity was still a mystery, because the victim referred to both Colon and the other juvenile by nicknames in the texts on his phone.
Multiple confidential informants and tips from people who watched the published surveillance video of the shooting helped police identify both Colon and the other juvenile, police reported.
While police requested the public’s help in locating Colon after the shooting, court documents did not state how or when he was located and detained.
Police recently received information, however, about the firearm allegedly used in the shooting from a man charged with the burglary of Fiore True Value on Friday.
Unable to post his $750,000 cash bail, Colon is currently jailed at Blair County Prison, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 19 with DeAntonio, court documents stated.
Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.