Hinsdale man accused in gunpoint robbery of man in Pittsfield apartment with woman's help
PITTSFIELD — A Hinsdale man is in custody for allegedly robbing a city man at gunpoint in his apartment early Saturday with the help of a female accomplice.
Joshua M. Lofink, 31, is being held pending a dangerousness hearing on Friday. Police have identified the second suspect, who, as of Tuesday afternoon, was still being sought.
The victim told police the woman, whom he has been acquainted with for about four years, was with him in his Hamlin Street apartment about 7 a.m. when Lofink came in through the kitchen and into the living room, put a gun to his head and demanded money.
The victim said the back door to the apartment is always locked and he believes the woman unlocked it while in the apartment to allow Lofink to come in.
Lofink allegedly put a handgun to the victim's head and demanded money, taking about $700.
The alleged victim said he found himself on the floor at one point, but couldn't be sure if he fell to the ground or was ordered there by Lofink.
Lofink or his accomplice also took the man's cellphone before leaving the apartment, police said.
The victim told police the gun was black and "definitely not" a revolver.
The alleged victim said a second man entered the apartment soon after the pair fled, but then left. He told police he wasn't sure if the other man was involved and did not recognize him.
A witness told police they saw a man and woman running on nearby Tyler Street and enter a home about 7:15 a.m.
Based on the address and the description, police believe the pair was Lofink and his alleged accomplice.
Police spoke to the woman's mother at the address they were given and were told she was out of town, but were granted permission to search the home.
Police found Lofink in a bathroom. The handgun was not recovered.
The victim was able to identify Lofink and the woman from photo arrays as the pair who robbed him. The witness who spotted the couple running across Tyler Street was only able to identify the alleged accomplice as the woman she saw running.
During booking, police found Lofink carrying about $115 cash. He told police he was unemployed and may go through drug withdrawals while in custody.
Police said they were contacted Sunday by the woman's mother, who told them her daughter was scared to go to the police.
Officers advised her it was in her daughter's best interests to come to the station on her own.
Lofink pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of armed home invasion and larceny over $250 from a person over 60 or disabled. Judge William Rota scheduled a dangerousness hearing for Friday.
The woman being sought in the case faces the same charges, police said.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.
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