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Hyde Man Sentenced to State Prison for Domino’s Robbery
December 11, 2013
CLEARFIELD - Clearfield County District Attorney, William A. Shaw, Jr., announced today that a Hyde man has been sentenced to state prison.

Shaw identified the defendant as William Lee Rauch, age 35, of Clarendon Avenue, Hyde, Pennsylvania.

On April 5, 2013, Officer Ralph Nedza of the Clearfield Borough Police Department, filed a Criminal Complaint charging Rauch with: 1) Robbery, F1; 2) Robbery, F2; 3) Robbery, F3; 4) Terroristic Threats, M1; 5) Simple Assault, M2; 6) Theft By Unlawful Taking, M2; 7) Receiving Stolen Property, M2; and 8) Harassment, S. 

An Affidavit of Probable Cause filed by Officer Nedza provides that on April 4, 2013, the Clearfield Borough Police were dispatched to Domino's Pizza located on South 2nd Street for the report of a robbery that had just occurred. Officers from the Clearfield Borough Police Department immediately responded to the scene. Upon investigation it was found that Rauch had entered the Domino's store wearing a mask that covered his face, and was brandishing a knife. Rauch then demanded that store employees open the cash register. After the cash register was opened, Rauch took the money that was located inside, and fled the scene.

Officers from the Lawrence Township Police Department assisted in the investigation and began a search of the area near the Domino's Pizza store. Officers located Rauch in the area of Leavy Avenue, and Rauch was found to be in possession of a large amount of U.S. currency. Rauch was also wearing clothing that matched the description give by witnesses at Domino's. A subsequent search of the area resulted in the finding of the clothing worn by Rauch when he entered the Domino's, and the knife he utilized to threaten the store employees.

A jury trial was held from October 16-18, 2013, and Rauch was found guilty of the charges. On December 6, 2013, the Honorable Fredric J. Ammerman sentenced Rauch to a minimum of 8 years and a maximum of 16 years incarceration in the State Prison System.

Following sentencing, Shaw stated that he was extremely satisfied with the sentence imposed by Ammerman. Shaw further noted that the successful investigation and prosecution of this case serves as an example of what dedicated law enforcement partners can accomplish when working together to combat violent crimes in Clearfield County. Shaw explained that this type of dangerous criminal activity will absolutely not be tolerated in Clearfield County, and that continued efforts will be made to identify and prosecute criminals responsible for this type of behavior. Shaw commended the cooperative investigation by the Clearfield Borough Police Department and Lawrence Township Police Department.

Anyone with knowledge of a crime is asked to call Clearfield County Crime Stoppers at (800)-376-4700. All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential. 

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by visiting the Clearfield County District Attorney web site at "www.ClearfieldDA.org" and selecting "Report A Crime".   
 
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