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Lancaster Man Charged With Robbing Market

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA - Joshua Matthew Ortiz, 24, of Lancaster, PA, was charged today by Indictment with robbery which interferes with interstate commerce, using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, and with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger.

According to the indictment, on January 29, 2016, Ortiz committed a gun-point robbery of the Turkey Hill Minit Market, located at 410 East Chestnut Street, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

If convicted of all counts, Ortiz faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, with a mandatory seven-year minimum sentence, a possible fine, five years of supervised release, and a $300 special assessment.

This case has been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lancaster City Bureau of Police.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas M. Zaleski.


An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated May 31, 2016

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