WATCH: Retired Marine stops armed robbery at Altoona bar

    Retired Marine stops armed robbery at Altoona bar. (Photo: Altoona Police Department)

    Altoona police said a retired Marine Corps combat veteran disarmed a man trying to rob a bar early Tuesday morning.

    According to police, a black man walked into Ajay's Bar on Maple Avenue sometime around 1 a.m and attempted to rob the bar. Police said the retired Marine, who was bartending, was able to disarm the robber while he was handing over money from the cash register.

    Police said the two got into a struggle, and one round was fired from the gun. Neither of them were hit by the bullet, but police said they believe the suspect has obvious facial injuries from being hit with the gun.

    Police released surveillance video of the incident to their Facebook page.

    Police said the bartender wasn't hurt.

    According to police, the would-be robber got away and fled on foot northbound across Maple Ave. A blood trail led police to the backyard of a home on not far from the bar.

    The gun was recovered at the scene. According to police, the gun used in the attempted robbery was reported stolen several months ago.

    Police said the man was last seen wearing a blue winter jacket, blue winter hat, jeans and a gray/red plaid scarf that covered most of his face. Police said he is 5 feet 7 inches tall and 180 pounds with an Afro-style hair cut.

    They ask that anyone with information on this incident to call 911 immediately.

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