Armed robber arraigned in Juneau court

Defender appointed for the accused
Nathan Block, 27, awaits arraignment in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday. Block was charged with Robbery in the First Degree for an armed heist at Lambros Goldsmith jewelry store on Tuesday.

The Juneau man who police believe robbed a local jewelry store at gunpoint on Tuesday was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday before Judge Thomas Nave.

Nathan Block, 27, was charged with robbery in the first degree, a class A felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

A presumptive sentence of a mandatory jail term of seven to 11 years is applied if a firearm is used in the robbery and it is a first felony.

Block stated to Judge Nave that he has been unemployed, was recently released from the military and could not afford an attorney.

Block was assigned public defender Eric Hedland.

District Attorney Dave Bower asked that Block not be released on bail or a cash only bail set for $500,000.

Hedland asked Nave if first-degree robbery offenders were now held without bail.

Bower said that the information in the affidavit before the court showed that Block had pointed the handgun at the victim and said he “had nothing to lose.”

Nave ruled that Block was to be held without bail and the next court date was set for April 8.

Block was arrested at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of West Willoughby Avenue roughly five hours after a robber pointed a gun at a clerk in the south Franklin Street jewelry store Lambros Goldsmith, tied her up, and took items from the store.

• Contact reporter Klas Stolpe at 523-2263 or at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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