Altoona man faces charges in robbery
Altoona police arrested a local man in connection with an armed robbery of a neighborhood market on Sunday.
Joshua Tyler Guido, 19, of 122 E. Second Ave. is facing charges of robbery, firearms not to be carried with a license, possessing instruments of crime, terroristic threats, reckless endangering another person, two counts of simple assault and related offenses in connection with a Sunday robbery, police said.
Guido was taken to the Blair County Booking Center for processing and arraignment.
Officers were dispatched to Lorinco’s Market, 2900 Maple Ave., at 11:11 a.m. Sunday for a reported armed robbery.
Police said their investigation revealed that Guido entered the market wearing a hoodie, red bandana and sunglasses, walked over to the register, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the cashier and demanded money.
Police accuse Guido of striking the cash register, causing the cash drawer to open. He then attempted to grab the money, causing it to fall onto the floor, police said in a release.
The cashier and another store patron then got into a physical altercation with Guido, taking him to the ground. The cashier was able to take possession of the gun, and Guido was held until police arrived.
The patron who assisted the cashier suffered minor injuries, police said.
Altoona police said officers never recommend a member of the public confront an armed suspect.