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Altoona Couple Arrested for Arson

Altoona police say they’ve arrested and charged two people in connection to an October arson investigation that later led to attempted homicide charges.

Police say 26-year-old Daniel Sipes Jr. and 30-year-old Maria Frye set fire to a home along 5th Ave. on Oct. 15.

They say the pair is in an intimate relationship and set the fire to kill one of the people inside.

According to police, the attempt was made to end an ongoing dispute regarding a past relationship, infidelity and drug use.

Police say Sipes was arrested on separate charges of fleeing and eluding, leading police on a chase that ended in a minor crash. Police say Sipes had eight outstanding warrants when he fled from police.

Frye was also arrested on unrelated charges of endangering the welfare of children, as well as drug possession during a search of her 5th Ave. home.

During the course of the investigation, police learned that acquaintances of two began praising Sipes for burning down the unnamed victim’s house. They say at one point in the investigation, Sipes allegedly painted a note on a wall saying, “I’ll burn your house down with your kids in it, Love Danny.”

Both Sipes and Frye are charged with attempted homicide, arson, conspiracy and other related charges following an arraignment on Wednesday.

They’re being held without bail at the Blair County Prison.

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