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Sagamore man charged in Apollo Subway armed robbery

Chuck Biedka
| Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, 1:15 p.m.
Joseph D. McCutcheon of Sagamore, Armstrong County
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Joseph D. McCutcheon of Sagamore, Armstrong County

An Armstrong County man accused of the armed robbery of the Apollo Subway restaurant Tuesday night is in custody.

Joseph D. McCutcheon, 36, of the village of Sagamore, is in the Armstrong County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing.

Apollo patrolman Ron Baustert said police arrested McCutcheon on Friday without incident inside a residence along the 400 block of First Street in Apollo. He is charged with robbery, theft and related charges.

Police allege McCutcheon was the man who walked into the First Street restaurant at 7:19 p.m. Tuesday and passed to an employee a handwritten note.

The robber had a black handgun with a wooden grip tucked in his waistband, Baustert said.

Police said the man wore a red bandana on his neck, a black bandana on his head and a Steelers hat.

He also wore a silver, black and purple bicycle racing-type shirt.

There were at least three other people inside the residence when police arrived at about 5 p.m. Friday. Baustert said some clothing was collected for evidence.

In addition to robbery and theft, McCutcheon is charged with simple assault, receiving stolen property, terroristic threats and two drug paraphernalia offenses.

He was in the county jail in lieu of $75,000 bond Saturday.

In addition to arresting McCutcheon, police took into custody Katherine Grace Betsa on an arrest warrant for failure to appear at a court proceeding.

She was in the county jail awaiting transfer to the Westmoreland County Prison.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

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