Third suspect charged in robbery

September 23, 2013
Alan Michael Lispcomb

The third suspect believed to be involved in an armed robbery Sept. 19 at the Rising Creek Bakery in Perry Township was arraigned Saturday before Greene County Magisterial District Judge Lee Watson in Carmichaels.

Alan Michael Lipscomb, 22, of 150 Haines Ridge Road, Mt. Morris is currently being held in the Greene County jail on $250,000 straight cash bond. Lipscomb is charged with robbery with threat of immediate serious injury, theft by unlawful taking and simple assault.

Police said Lipscomb was identified from a photograph by his alleged accomplices, Daniel Patrick Johnson, 21, of 248 Big Shannon Run Road, Mt. Morris, and Mark Alan Paugh, 21, of 144 Hobbs Run Road, Mt. Morris.

According to a criminal complaint filed with Watson, two men entered the bakery at about 3:54 p.m. Sept. 21. One of them, brandishing a large knife, demanded money from store employee, Laura Mallek. Mallek told police she complied and handed him $446.

Police were provided with descriptions of the two men and surveillance footage by Mallek. She told police the male with the knife had acne, wore a yellow hooded sweatshirt, and used a bandana to partially cover his face. Mallek said she noticed sandy blonde hair sticking out from under it. The second male wore a blue hooded sweatshirt with a dark bandana covering part of his face.

Mallek told police the second man did not speak and did not display any weapons.

As police were about to leave the scene a call came into the bakery from the owner of Sorella’s Pizza, 420 Mt. Morris Road, alerting Mallek that three men were at the restaurant acting nervous. The owner of the pizza shop said she saw a yellow sweatshirt in the backseat of their vehicle, according to police.

Trooper Daniel Barnhart proceeded to Sorella’s where he encountered three men outside of the establishment, including Johnson, Paugh and Logan Cory Ice. Barnhart said he asked Johnson if they drove 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 suspects 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 noted 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 read Johnson his rights and 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 of it. Upon searching the vehicle, Barnhart said he found a large kitchen knife under the front passenger seat matching the description of the one used in the robbery at the bakery. He noted that Johnson has blue eyes, acne scarring and sandy blonde hair. Johnson allegedly told Barnhart that the yellow sweatshirt belonged to Paugh. A black knit cap was found inside of its hood.

Barnhart then advised Paugh of his rights and both men denied any involvement in the crime.

While being interviewed at the state police barracks in Waynesburg, Paugh told police that 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, Johnson was wearing the yellow sweatshirt and Lipscomb was wearing the gray one. Police said Paugh told them he then left to try to get some money his own way and on his way back he picked up Johnson and Lipscomb along Big Shannon Run Road by the church. Paugh told police they gave him $50.

Paugh and Johnson are also also in the Greene County jail on $250,000 straight cash bond each. Preliminary hearings for Lipscomb, Paugh and Johnson 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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