UPDATE: Two charged in Cambria County taxi driver armed robbery

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police have found and arrested the two men involved with the robbery of a taxi driver at gunpoint that took place in East Conemaugh earlier this week.

Police charged 17-year-old Joseph Camut III and 18-year-old Anthony Patek with multiple felony counts after robbing a Yellow Cab taxi driver at gunpoint, according to the charges.

The taxi driver was called to the 300 block of Oak Street around 4 a.m. when the two people approached the vehicle, each pointing a gun at the driver demanding that he give them all their money.

Upon obtaining video and audio evidence from an SD card from the Yellow Cab service, officers could see one of the robbers attempt to fire at the driver, but the firearm malfunctioned.

The taxi driver handed them $52, and they ran on foot. The taxi driver then pulled out a gun and fired at one of the robbers as they were fleeing and told police he believed he hit one.

Officers tracked and called the number used to call the taxi service, and a woman answered the phone. She agreed to go to the East Conemaugh Police Department for questioning.

She stated that she was asleep when the robbery happened, and Camut and Petak were staying at her home. She had her phone plugged in downstairs charging to which one of the suspects took it to call the taxi service.

At the residence, police found more items related to the crime, such as the firearm that malfunctioned by one of the robbers. It was colored in spray paint, causing it to be defective.

Both Camut and Petak are being held at Cambria County Prison after each of the individuals were not able to post 10% of their $150,000 bail.

Both of their preliminary hearings are scheduled for March 15.

The original story can be found below.

The East Conemaugh Police Department confirmed that this crime took place Tuesday, March 2, at 4 a.m. on 300 block of Oak Street. They report that there was gunfire, but no one was injured.

They suspect that the robbery was premeditated, but not much is known at this time of how much was stolen.

They ask that anyone with more information contact their department at 814-539-9908.

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