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Posted on: December 18, 2019

[ARCHIVED] VERDICT: Man Threw 'Blind-Side' Punch During Robbery at The Friendly Greek


A Lancaster man was convicted this week of a robbery last year at The Friendly Greek in the city.

A local jury found 20-year-old Andy Peralta guilty of felony robbery and related counts for assaulting two employees while stealing cash from a tip jar on Dec. 12, 2018.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Chieppor told the jury one employee was “blind-sided” by a punch that left him unconscious.

Lancaster County Judge Jeffery Wright, who presided over the trial, will order sentence after a background investigation.

ADA Chieppor presented testimony at the two-day trial from the two employees who were assaulted and Lancaster City police Officer Ryan Burgett, who filed charges.

Peralta-Cruz took about $5 from a tip jar, then threw a cash register device at one employee.

Outside, Peralta-Cruz knocked an employee to the ground by punching him when he was not looking.

A second man who was with Peralta-Cruz previously pleaded guilty to a lesser offense.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041;; Twitter: @BrettHambright

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