The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 2, 2013

Police charge suspect in convenience store robbery

Crime roundup

Patrick Buchnowski
pbuchnowski@tribdem.com

HASTINGS — A Northern Cambria man was jailed Wednesday in connection with the robbery of a Hastings convenience store after he bragged to a friend about the crime, authorities said.

Kevin Thomas Christopher, 24, robbed P&P Pit Stop at 294 Beaver St. on Feb. 25, Hastings police alleged.

“He said he wasn’t kidding,” borough police Chief Ron Sharkey Sr. said at the time. “The man lifted his jacket indicating he had a weapon, but no weapon was displayed.”

Police said they identified Christopher by piecing together leads and tips from numerous interviews.

A friend of Christopher told police he bragged about the robbery.

“Kevin Christopher told her he was going to be on the six o’clock news,” Sharkey said in a criminal complaint. “He told her he used a BB gun.”

Another person told police that Christopher came to his house flashing about $370 in cash.

Christopher was charged with robbery, terroristic threats, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. He was ar­raigned by District Judge Mi­chael Zungali of Hastings and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post

10 percent of $250,000 bond.

In other crime reports:

Road rage

Jesse Lee Gaydos, 31, of South Fork, pulled a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic on another mo­tor­ist during a road rage incident at Scalp Avenue and Eisenhower Boulevard around 8 p.m. Wednesday, Richland Township police alleged in a criminal complaint.

Officers said they found Gaydos sitting in his car in a busy convenience store parking lot. They said he admit­ted pulling out the gun but told  officers it was in self-defense.

No shots were fired.

Gaydos has a permit to carry the weapon, police said.

Gaydos was arraigned by District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown on charges of terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly conduct. He also was charged with seven counts of reckless endangering another person because other people were in the area, police said.

 Gaydos was sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $35,000 bond.

“A gun permit is to protect yourself against a lethal threat,” Detective Thomas Keirn said. “If it’s not a lethal threat, keep the gun in your pocket.”

Aggravated assault

A Johnstown man accused of pointing a gun at another man’s head and then pulling the trigger will stand trial on aggravated assault charges.

James Cleveland George, 55, allegedly pulled a .357 Magnum revolver during a dispute in the 300 block of Moore Street in the Prospect neighborhood on

April 24, according to a criminal complaint filed by city police.

Police said that George placed the gun to a man’s head and the man shoved the gun away, causing it to discharge.

No one was injured.

George waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge Michael Musulin of Johnstown.

George is charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and attempted simple assault.

Police said George told officers that he went outside to confront a man who was yelling at him.

“I took a gun with me because I can’t fight and did not want to get beat up,” George said, according to the complaint.

Police said they recovered the handgun from George’s Moore Street home and found six rounds loaded inside the gun.

George is free on bond.

Assault, theft

An alleged pork chop thief who crashed his vehicle while fleeing police will stand trial in Cambria County court.

Trevor L. Madison, 24, of the 300 block of Edith Avenue, Johnstown, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Thursday before District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury.

City police said Madison scuffled with a loss-prevention official at a grocery store on Osborne Street after stealing $17 worth of steaks and pork chops on

April 24.

Madison then sped away in a car, which he crashed on the railroad tracks in front of the store, police said in a criminal complaint.

Officers caught Madison after a foot chase. Police said they found his backpack stuffed with marijuana and plastic bags.

Madison is charged with simple assault, retail theft, receiving stolen property, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, drug possession and several vehicle violations.

Prosecutors withdrew a robbery charge.

Madison was returned to the Cambria County Prison where he is being held on $25,000 percentage bond.

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