City woman arraigned in alleged assault, chase

Harris reportedly shot at driver after altercation at strip club

An Altoona woman faces charges after she allegedly shot at a man in a vehicle after an altercation between two other people and a reported high speed chase in the area in March 2021.

Adriel J. Harris, 29, was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Benjamin F. Jones Thursday on two felony charges of aggravated assault and felony criminal conspiracy aiding aggravated assault, as well as four misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person and two misdemeanor criminal mischief/tampering with property counts.

Bail was set at $100,000 unsecured and Harris is scheduled to appear before Magisterial District Judge Daniel C. DeAntonio for a preliminary hearing June 15.

The charges stem from incidents that started at The Palace Strip Club when a couple got into a physical altercation.

The female left the club driving a Land Rover with Harris in the front passenger seat and a male in the rear seat behind the driver.

Witnesses said about 30 minutes later, they saw an SUV pursuing a truck driven by a man at a high rate of speed and not obeying stop signs and later hearing a series of gunshots.

Other residents told police they were awakened by the gunfire and one man found his back windshield had been penetrated by a bullet.

About 15 minutes later, the man driving the truck called 911 to say he had been shot at from an SUV and he was following it. He ignored dispatchers’ directions to end the pursuit and instead gave updates on his direction of travel.

Later, police located the SUV and the driver said she had dropped off Harris at her home. When officers contacted Harris, she was on the phone with 911 saying she had fired her gun in self-defense out the front passenger window.

Later police found bullet damage to a home on the 500 block of Second Street. In addition, shell casings were found in the area.

Police reported that Harris turned over her GSG Firefly pistol. That gun and the shell casings were sent to the state police lab for comparison.


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