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Trial planned for man accused of robbing bank

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ANN MARIE AMES
May 26, 2012
— A Texas man accused of robbing a Janesville bank and then calling police from the lobby of a nearby newspaper is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday.

Jury selection is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday for the trial of Rahn E. Gearhart, 54, no fixed address. Gearhart faces a charge of robbery of a financial institution.


Gearhart’s attorney has said Gearhart is requesting a jury trial, Rock County District Attorney David O’Leary said Thursday. Gearhart is in custody in the Rock County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.


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.


“Do not panic. This is a robbery,” the note states, according to the criminal complaint. “Place two thousand dollars in front of me in $100, $50 and $20 bills, with no more than 15 bills of any type.


“Thank you.”


At the bottom of the note is written, “I will wait for the police in the Firehouse Park.”


Gearhart took some money from the teller and walked up the hill and across the street to The Gazette, 1 S. Parker Drive. There he asked a sales representative to call police.


Gearhart waited in a conference room in the office lobby and apologized to police for going to the newspaper instead of the park on Main Street, according to the criminal complaint.


If convicted, Gearhart faces fines of $100,000 or 40 years in prison.



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