Two charged with mugging teen

Police: Smith found wearing stolen watch

Two people are behind bars after police say they mugged a 17-year-old and stole his watch.

It was just after 3 p.m. Wednesday when Joanique A. Nick, 21, of 809 Sixth Ave., and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Tyler J. Smith, of 1305 N. Ninth Ave., allegedly assaulted a 17-year-old boy on the 1200 block of 14th Avenue and stole his gold watch, according to Altoona police.

Nick and Smith, who got out of a red Suzuki SUV to accost the teenager, demanded his watch, and when he tried walking away, Nick ordered her boyfriend to hit him, a witness inside a home along the street told police. When Smith punched the boy in the face, he fell to the ground.

Nick slipped the watch, a $500 gold Bulova with two rows of jewels, off the boy’s wrist, and the pair rifled through his backpack before jumping back into the SUV, which was being driven by a third person.

According to police, when Altoona officers arrived at the scene, the boy said his memory of the attack was “fuzzy” as he had hit his head on the pavement after he was struck and fell to the ground. He said Nick and Smith got out of the SUV, demanded the watch and when he refused, Nick to told him, “If you don’t give us that watch, we’re going to beat you up.”

He did remember Nick going through his backpack and that the two fled when a witness came outside one of the homes on the street.

Police said the boy had a lump on the left side of his face and cuts around his mouth and on his hands.

About an hour later, as Altoona police were looking for Nick and Smith, a red Suzuki SUV crashed at 24th Street and Ninth Avenue. Police said the woman driving the SUV told officers that Nick and Smith had been in her SUV but had run off after the wreck. She told police where the couple were, and Nick and Smith were subsequently arrested outside Nick’s home.

Police said Smith was wearing the stolen watch.

Nick and Smith were booked Wednesday night on felony charges of conspiracy and robbery along with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, terroristic threats, theft and receiving stolen property. Smith is also charged with misdemeanor counts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

Magisterial District Judge Andrew Blattenberger arraigned the couple on Thursday morning, setting bail for Nick at 10 percent of $25,000 and bail for Smith at 10 percent of $35,000.

Both remain in Blair County Prison and are slated to appear on March 21 at Central Court for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.