Two testify against co-defendant
LEWISTOWN – Two alleged co-conspirators in a robbery that took place in the early morning hours of July 26 at the Sunoco station at 221 S. Main St., in Lewistown testified against the alleged gunman at his preliminary hearing Thursday at Magisterial District Judge Aaron Gingrich’s office.
Andrew Hoy, 19, and Charles Zeiders, 18, testified against 17-year-old Akzavier Carrington and claimed he was the person who pointed a black handgun at Amanda Hocker, the clerk working behind the counter that night.
Hoy said his responsibility during the course of the robbery was to obtain any recorded surveillance videos; however, he was unable to access the rooms where he thought they might be inside the Sunoco store.
Hoy also testified he was unaware Akzavier brought a gun to the robbery.
Zeiders testified his responsibility was to ride his bicycle to the Sunoco to scout the location and give the go ahead for Carrington and Hoy.
Both men also testified Carrington had a black pellet or BB gun in his possession in the days leading up to the robbery, however, it remains unclear if this was the weapon used in the course of the robbery.
Mifflin County District Attorney Dave Molek played video surveillance from the robbery on a laptop computer which showed two masked men dressed in black entering the store.
The gunman is very aggressive on the video and swears at Hocker demanding she hand over all the cash in the register. Police said the robbers made off with $78.72.
A clearly shaken Hocker testified she was scared for her life and was mostly staring at the gun during the course of the robbery.
Hocker said she gave the gunman the cash and he made her come out from behind the counter, at which point he grabbed her and threw her to the ground.
“Said if I moved he was going to shoot me,” Hocker said.
Gingrich bound over all the charges filed against Carrington. Carrington remains in the Mifflin County Correctional Facility in lieu of $40,000 and is represented by Stuart Cilo.
Zeiders and Hoy have each waived their right to a preliminary hearing and remain incarcerated on $35,000 bail each.
Law enforcement involved in the prosecution of the case said the investigation into the robbery remains ongoing.