Police arrest man for armed robbery

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Two detectives from the Lancaster City Bureau of Police were patrolling the area of East Chestnut Street when they saw two men acting suspiciously outside of a Turkey Hill store.

The detectives saw one of the men enter the store and discovered that a robbery was in progress and called for assistance.

The officers confronted Joshua Ortiz and found Ortiz armed with a handgun. Police were able to take Ortiz into custody without any injuries to the clerk.

Police said they were able to take Ortiz into custody without any injuries to the clerk.

The officers were unable to find the second man who was interacting with Ortiz before the robbery.  Police are investigating if the second man was involved.

Ortiz was charged with robbery.  He was arraigned and committed to Lancaster County Prison with a bail set at $50,000.

Police said that Ortiz was found to have an outstanding warrant for a burglary that occurred on October 29th, 2015 on the 500 block of North Mary Street in Lancaster.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Lancaster Bureau of Police Criminal Investigative Division at 735-3405 or the Lancaster City Police at 717-7-3300. You can also click the Submit a Tip button on their website, www.lancasterpolice.com, or Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by texting LANCS plus your message to 847411. Tipsters may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.


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