An Altoona teenager faces robbery and assault charges after allegedly beating and mugging a man on Broad Avenue.
Michael E. Mitchell, 18, of 2319 Maple Ave. allegedly called the man a "snitch" before striking him in the face several times about 10:20 p.m. Thursday on the 2800 block of Broad Avenue., according to Altoona police.
Mitchell knew the man, police said, and had asked him to walk down Broad Avenue with him and another man when the conversation turned as Mitchell accused the victim of being a police informant.
"I heard things about you," Mitchell allegedly told the man, police said.
After hitting the man and knocking him down on the front lawn of a home on Broad Avenue, Mitchell allegedly "mounted [the alleged victim] in an MMA-style maneuver," police noted in Mitchell's arrest papers. Police said Mitchell rummaged through the man's pockets and took a cellphone before the victim was able to break free from Mitchell's hold and flee.
The victim was taken to UPMC Altoona, and Mitchell was charged with felony strong-arm robbery along with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, theft and receiving stolen property, plus a summary harassment charge.
Mitchell was arrested Thursday by Altoona police and arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson. Mitchell posted 10 percent of $20,000 that same day and is due to appear at Central Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing.