Antis assault leads to capture of Virginia fugitive in Altoona

The Altoona Police arrested Alexander M. Turner of Greenwood after an assault incident in Antis Township yesterday morning.
Police said officers responded to the Burger King on West Plank Road regarding the Antis incident. Altoona Police said both the female victim and Turner ended up at the Burger King. The victim is employed there and Turner once worked there according to one of the investigating officers. Altoona Police said the Antis Township incident involved an allegation that Turner tried to run the woman off the road.
The Altoona Police said Hollidaysburg-based state police were investigating the Antis Township incident. A dispatcher at the state police said they did not have a report on the incident as of this morning.
Police tried to detain Turner while attempting to investigate the dispute that began in Antis Township. They said they wanted to detain Turner for providing false identification and the assault. Turner allegedly pushed an officer and ran from the area. Police said Turner ran behind 1117 Logan Boulevard where he threatened a driver of a white van with a folding lock blade knife and stole his vehicle.
Turner then fled the area in the van with officers in pursuit. He traveled west on Plank Road to I-99, then back to Plank Road east bound. The pursuit ended at 17th Street and Grant Ave.
The van was found in the 1000 block of 2nd Ave. Alley. Turner was tracked to 210 14th St. where a standoff took place with Turner on the roof of the back porch.
Officers talked Turner into giving himself up after about 45 minutes. He was taken into custody. A knife was recovered on the roof of the porch.
Police said Turner was being charged with false identification to law enforcement officers, aggravated assault, robbery of a motor vehicle, simple assault, theft, fleeing and alluding police and numerous traffic violations.
Altoona police said Turner was wanted in Virginia on felony child endangerment charges.
Turner was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Craig Ormsby and committed to Blair County Prison on $500,000 straight bail. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for June 21 at 9 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly.