Huntingdon man jailed on attempted homicide charges

A 24-year-old Huntingdon County man is lodged in the Huntingdon County Jail today charged with firing two shots from a rifle at an occupied vehicle on Saturday night.
Shane Phillip Steele, 24, of RD 3 Huntingdon was charged by state police with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property.
He was arraigned before District Magistrate Mary Jamison and bail was set at $50,000 cash bond.
According to Tpr. Joseph R. Pierotti of the Huntingdon-based state police, the incident began after Steele assaulted 22-year-old Hesston resident Joshua Bryan Robison. Police said after this altercation, Steel left Robison in Riverside Park in Smithfield Township.
Police said after Steele left the area, Robison walked to the home of Eric Thomas Cooley in Huntingdon.
There, he asked Cooley for a ride to Steele’s house near Leffard’s Bench to retrieve some personal property.
Robison, Cooley and another acquaintance, William Jack Bumbarger of Huntingdon, drove to Steele’s residence in Cooley’s 2003 Dodge pick-up.
According to a police report, no one answered the door at the Steele residence, and as the three drove away, their truck was struck by two .22-caliber bullets.
Police were immediately notified and responded to the Steele residence.
There, Steele was taken into custody, along with a 17-year-old female that was with him.
Police also checked the registration number on the vehicle Steele had been operating and discovered it had been stolen from a location in Logan Township on Friday.
Robison was taken to J.C. Blair Hospital for treatment of injuries he sustained in the assault. He was then transferred to Altoona Hospital for further evaluation.