Man held on $100K bond in East Side armed robbery

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


A 20-year-old city man is sitting in the county jail on a $100,000 bond while police look for a second suspect in connection with an armed robbery on Hubbard Road on the city’s East Side.

The Hubbard Road robbery is one of two armed robberies police are investigating from Monday.

Joseph Nance, 20, of Lansdowne Boulevard, appeared Tuesday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly of Youngstown Municipal Court for arraignment on one count of aggravated robbery. The judge handed down a bond of $100,000 and ordered Nance to return to court July 26 for a preliminary hearing.

Police are still looking for the other man.

According to police, Nance and the other man held at gunpoint a manager and employee of R G Recycling, 2351 Hubbard Road, at 8:35 a.m. Monday. The two men stormed the business wearing white hoods and brandishing handguns.

Reports say one of the men fired off a shot as he tripped over a pile of aluminum cans during the robbery.

After the manager knocked one of the suspects to the ground, the two suspects grabbed $6,000 and fled in a vehicle. A customer followed the vehicle and saw the two change vehicles at Thornhill Road. The two men lost the witness, but Nance was later found hiding at 1103 Catalina Ave., according to police.

Nance reportedly was a frequent customer at the business before the robbery.

The 2004 Buick Park Avenue used in the robbery was carjacked a short time before the robbery on Thornton Avenue on the North Side. Reports say the car was taken from a 65-year-old man when someone shoved him to the ground and held a gun to his head.

Police also are investigating an armed robbery in the 1000 block of Eastview at 3:30 a.m. Monday. The victims are roofers from Florida working on a grocery store roof on Mahoning Avenue.

According to police reports, the 33-year-old and 26-year-old victims were in their hotel room on Route 46 near Interstate 80 when another roofer brought two strippers to the room and asked them to give the women a ride home somewhere in Youngstown.

Reports say the woman took the men to an address on Eastview and invited them in. Two men waiting inside the house robbed the men at gunpoint and took their vehicle. One of the victims was struck in the head with a silver handgun.

The robbers ran off with credit cards, keys, wallets and personal identification, but the vehicle was found a short distance away.

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