Three charges in bakery robbery

September 20, 2013
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Alan Michael Lipscomb
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Daniel Patrick Johnson
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Mark Alan Paugh

WAYNESBURG – Two Perry Township men are in jail following a robbery at the Rising Creek Bakery, 115 Main St., Mt. Morris, Thursday afternoon and charges are pending against a third.

Mark Alan Paugh, 21, of 144 Hobbs Run Road, and Daniel Patrick Johnson, 21, of 248 Big Shannon Run Road, both of Mt. Morris, are charged with conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit theft by unlawful taking and conspiracy to commit simple assault.

The third man, Alan Michael Lipscomb, 22, who lives with Johnson, had not been arraigned as of Friday afternoon, according to Greene County Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson.

A criminal complaint filed with Watson said two men entered the bakery around 3:54 p.m. Thursday and one of them brandished a large knife.

Store employee Laura Mallek told police the man with the knife demanded money. Mallek complied and handed him $446.

Mallek and a second employee, Stephanie Burich, described the two men to police and provided surveillance footage. The male with the knife, who they described as having sandy blonde hair, acne, and wearing a yellow hooded sweatshirt with a bandana covering his face, is alleged to be Paugh. The second male, described as wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and also with a dark bandana covering his face, is alleged to be Johnson.

According to Mallek, the second man did not speak and did not display any weapons.

As police were about to leave the scene, the bakery received a call from Sorella’s Pizza at 420 Mount Morris Road.

Bakery employees told police that the owner of Sorella’s called to alert them three men were at his restaurant acting nervous and she saw a yellow sweatshirt in the backseat of their vehicle.

Trooper Daniel Barnhart said he left the bakery and proceeded to Sorella’s where he encountered three men outside, including Johnson and Paugh. Barnhart said he asked Johnson if they had driven there and he pointed out a tan 2004 Chevy Cavalier as his. Barnhart looked in the window and saw a yellow sweatshirt and a gray sweatshirt on the backseat.

Barnhart said he told Johnson he was investigating a robbery where one of the actors wore a yellow sweatshirt and requested permission to look at the one in his car. According to the complaint, Johnson gave permission to look at the sweatshirt but said he did not want Barnhart to search his car. Barnhart said he noticed a West Virginia University logo on the shirt when Johnson retrieved it from the car. This was consistent with the surveillance footage provided by the bakery.

Barnhart then noticed several hypodermic needles on the seat where the sweatshirt was located. He told Johnson he would be applying for a search warrant and the car would be towed to the state police barracks in Waynesburg.

According to Barnhart, Johnson said he did not want the car towed and gave verbal and written permission for a search. Barnhart said he found a large kitchen knife under the front passenger seat that matched the description of the one used in the robbery at the bakery.

Johnson allegedly told Barnhart that the yellow sweatshirt belonged to Paugh. and a black knit cap was found inside of its hood.

The two men were taken into custody, transported to the state police barracksand interv ewed.

Police said Paugh told them he took Johnson and Lipscomb to the old bank parking lot in Mt. Morris. Paugh said he believed they were going to scam an old lady out of money and they told him they would be back in 15 to 20 minutes. According to Paugh, when they got out of his car, Johnson was wearing the yellow sweatshirt and Lipscomb was wearing the gray one.

Paugh and Johnson are being held on $250,000 straight cash bond. Their preliminary hearings are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 30 before Watson.

Tara Kinsell started her career in journalism with the National Geographic Insider Magazine and the Gaithersburg Gazette Newspaper in Montgomery County, Md. Tara has written and photographed sports, features and news stories for the Herald Standard, Greene County Messenger and Albert Gallatin Weekly. She holds degrees in journalism and graphic design from Waynesburg College, now Waynesburg University, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, respectively.

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