UPDATE: Suspect John Allen Jukes turned himself in at the Altoona Police Station on July 26 following Monday’s armed robbery.

Jukes is facing several charges including robbery, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, possession of a weapon, terroristic threats, simple assault and tampering with evidence. He was placed in Blair County Prison on $300,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 3.

The original story can be found below.


ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police are searching for an Altoona man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a grocery store during an armed robbery Monday morning.

John Allen Jukes

Suspect John Allen Jukes (Pictured Below) entered FeFi’s Grocery Store at 1224 2nd Avenue around 11:18 a.m. and demanded money from a cashier while holding a knife, according to Altoona Police Sergeant Matt Plummer. Jukes reportedly left the store with $3,680.

The cashier told police Jukes was wearing a black cloth mask across his face, a white long sleave flannel shirt, blue jeans and a red hat. The cashier also said Jukes ran around to the back of the counter and held the knife toward her before pushing her down and stealing the money. The incident was also reportedly captured on security camera video.

During their investigation, police revealed Jukes conspired with suspect Matthew Morrison to rob the store. Morrison was found allegedly throwing away a lock box the stolen money was in. Morrison was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and related offenses.

Police later went to Jukes home along 6th Avenue where they reportedly found clothing in a room that matched the description provided by the cashier and what was seen on surveillance video. The knife allegedly used by Jukes was also found lying on a kitchen sink.

Sgt. Plummer said Jukes was reported to be at the Wye Motor Lodge along Plank Road in Duncansville. However, Jukes fled the motel before police could execute a search warrant on his room.

Jukes has not been arrested and has an active warrant from the Altoona Police Department for robbery, theft, receiving stolen property and other related offenses.

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Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jukes is aked to call 911.

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