Joshua V. Ortiz

Joshua V. Ortiz

A 20-year-old Webb City man turned himself in to police Monday afternoon after robbing a Joplin convenience store earlier in the day armed with a machete.

Joplin police said armed robbery charges were being sought on Joshua V. Ortiz in connection with the 12:44 a.m. robbery of the Gulf Oil Fastrip convenience store at 5501 E. 32nd St.

The robber entered the business, pointed a machete at the clerk on duty and demanded the contents of the cash register before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Store surveillance video led to identification of the suspect, which in turn led to his surrender later in the day.

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