The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

March 27, 2014

Robbery suspect waives hearing

Patrick Buchnowski
pbuchnowski@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — A 25-year-old homeless man said he held up a Moxham credit union to fund his drug habit, according to Johnstown police .

Now, Tyler Timothy Reed will stand trial in the March 18 robbery.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge Leo­nard Grecek of Roxbury.

City police said Reed entered the USSCO Credit Union on Central Avenue, told a teller he had a knife and demanded money.

Reed fled with $3,865, which police recovered after he was caught by bystanders.

“I robbed the bank to get money to buy crack,” he told police, according to the criminal complaint they filed.

A bank customer and another man outside the building chased down Reed, city Detective Thomas Owens said at the time.

“When the suspect left the credit union, one of the customers started following him. He saw someone he knew and they both gave chase,” Owens said.

The pair detainedReed a few blocks away near Park Avenue.

Police also retrieved clothing believed to have been discarded by Reed and found a knife.

Reed was charged with one count each of robbery with threat of serious injury, robbery with threat of injury, theft, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats, simple assault and possession of instruments of crime.

Reed was returned to the Cambria County Prison, where he is being held on $300,000 percentage bond.,



Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on twitter.com/PatBuchnowskiTD.