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Joshua Dyslin

Joshua Dyslin

A 19-year-old man is in jail on a $10,000 bail after allegedly confronting a Missoula store’s employees with an ax handle that had spikes protruding from it during a theft Monday.

Justice of the Peace Marie Andersen set the bail on Joshua Dyslin, charged with felony robbery, during his first court appearance Tuesday.

According to an affidavit filed in Dyslin’s case, Missoula police were called to Murdoch’s on Monday afternoon after receiving a report that there was a shoplifter who had brandished a weapon.

An officer found Dyslin outside on a bicycle, carrying a bag that had an ax handle with spikes covering it inside. Dyslin allegedly admitted stealing items from the store, but said he only took out the ax handle when it started to fall out of his bag.

A Murdoch’s employee said Dyslin took out the weapon when confronted by store employees. Video of the incident allegedly shows Dyslin pulling out the ax handle and riding his bike toward the employee before being surrounded by other workers.

In court Monday, Andersen said Dyslin can be screened for release to pretrial supervision.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.