Bar robber stopped by retired marine veteran

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Police are looking for a suspect who attempted to rob a local bar, but was stopped by their bartender.

Altoona police say a suspect came to Ajays Bar about 1 a.m. this morning with a gun and demanded money. That’s when the bartender, a retired marine Corp combat veteran, stepped in.

Police say the suspect pointed the gun at the bartender demanding cash from the register. The bartender then went to get the money, and as he was handing it to the suspect, the bartender disarmed them. That’s when a single shot was fired towards the ceiling of the bar. The bartender then proceeded to hit the suspect in the back of the head with the gun and punch them repeatedly in the face.

“I am very familiar with him. He is highly trained. The suspect definitely picked the wrong guy to mess with,” said Sgt. Matt Plummer, Altoona Police Department.

Police say the suspect did run away from the scene. They believe the suspect is the same person that robbed a Sunoco last week.

The suspect is black person, about 5’7”, medium build. They will have bruises and gashes on their face from the incident last night.

Police have called in bloodhounds to try to follow the suspect’s scent.

Police are asking folks to keep an eye out for the suspect and if you see them around to give Altoona Police a call.

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