Not guilty plea entered in Janesville robbery
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.