City police say an area man held up a Moxham credit union Tuesday and then tried to elude capture by shedding clothing during his getaway to quickly change his appearance.
But he wasn’t fast enough.
A bank customer and another man outside the building chased down and detained their suspect, Tyler Timothy Reed, 25, until police arrived, Johnstown Police Detective Thomas Owens said.
“When the suspect left the (USSCO Federal) credit union, one of the customers started following him. He saw someone he knew and they both gave chase,” Owens said. The pair detained the man a few blocks away near Park Avenue.
Reed, described by Cambria jail staff as homeless, was in police custody within minutes of the heist, police said.
“It’s just unbelievable,” said Todd Cover, the credit union’s CEO, who described the robber’s pursuers as credit union members. “The fact those two caught him – that’s just going over and above.”
Reed was arraigned late Tuesday on robbery and related charges and lodged in Cambria Prison after failing to post $300,000 bail.
The USSCO Credit Union was closed temporarily after the robbery while police investigated the crime.
Reed apparently tossed items, including clothing worn to disguise his appearance, as he ran from the 522 Central Ave. credit union, Owens said.
When Reed first entered the building around lunchtime, he told staff he had a knife – but apparently did not display it, Owens said.
Reed escaped with a sum of cash. But Owens said it was apparently recovered.
Cover said staff were shaken up by the brazen holdup.
“It was a very traumatic experience ... but they handled it as well as anyone could. They did an outstanding job,” Cover said. “The most important thing was that no one was injured here today.”
David Hurst is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst.