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Suspect in Sioux City armed robbery facing federal charges

Suspect in Sioux City armed robbery facing federal charges

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SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man charged with the armed robbery of a northside convenience store has been charged with a federal firearm violation.

A complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Sioux City charges Noah Pineda, 20, with one count of possession of a firearm by a person convicted of domestic violence.

Pineda is accused of robbing Sarg's Mini Mart, 1545 Indian Hills Drive, on Sept. 11.

According to court documents, Pineda entered the store at about 6:05 p.m., pointed a rifle at the clerk and demanded money. The clerk gave money to Pineda, who also took money from her purse before fleeing on foot.

Officers responding to the call located Pineda running into a nearby wooded area and apprehended him with the help of a K9.

Police recovered a loaded, sawed-off .22-caliber rifle they believe was used in the robbery. The money that was taken from the store also was recovered.

Pineda told officers that he robbed the store because he needed the money and he had acquired the gun illegally. He also admitted he was not supposed to have firearms because of some domestic assault charges, court documents said.

Pineda had pleaded not guilty in Woodbury County District Court to charges of first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a domestic abuser and possession of a short-barreled firearm. That case was dismissed Tuesday after First Assistant Mark Campbell requested dismissal because of the filing of the federal charge.

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