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Not guilty plea entered in Janesville robbery

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Gazette staff
November 9, 2011
— A Texas man who surrendered to authorities in the lobby of The Gazette stood mute Tuesday to a charge of robbery by use of force.

Rock County Court Commissioner Charles Holznecht entered a plea of not guilty for Rahn E. Gearhart, 53, no fixed address. A trial date has not been set.


Gearhart is accused of passing a note to a teller on Oct. 17 at Johnson Bank, 1 S. Main St., Janesville. The handwritten note instructed the teller to hand Gearhart $2,000. Gearhart took some money from the teller, then he walked to the newspaper at 1 S. Parker Drive and asked staff to call police, officials said.


Gearhart’s attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the case on grounds that the criminal complaint fails to establish probable cause that Gearhart used force or imminent force. In a response filed Nov. 2 by the Rock County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors wrote the “terror created” by Gearhart was sufficient to establish implied threat.


No motion hearing has been scheduled.



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