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Man charged in bank robbery skips hearing

June 12, 1998|By DON AINES

ORRSTOWN, Pa. - A man charged in the May 7 robbery of a Shady Grove, Pa., bank was a no-show at his preliminary hearing Thursday.

Joseph Paul Bookwalter, 25, failed to show up for the hearing on charges that he robbed the Shady Grove branch of the First National Bank of Greencastle.

"His attorney was here, the police were here, but he wasn't here," Franklin County District Justice John P. Weyman said.

Weyman said he issued a bench warrant for Bookwalter after he failed to appear, "and I think the FBI is looking for him, too."

"We do have information that he did, in fact, flee the state," said Trooper Anthony Manetta, who confirmed that the FBI was notified. He said it was not known where Bookwalter was heading.

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Manetta said a bail revocation hearing was held in Bookwalter's absence. His $50,000 bail was revoked and warrants were issued for violating the terms of his bond and for failing to appear at the preliminary hearing.

Bookwalter was known to live in the Greencastle, Pa., and Waynesboro, Pa., areas at the time of his June 2 arrest and gave a relative's address in Waynesboro as his home. He was released June 3 on bail.

He faces charges of robbery, criminal conspiracy, theft, receiving stolen property and simple assault.

The bank was robbed at about 10 a.m. May 7 by a man armed with what appeared to be a large revolver. The robber got away with $6,120.

Manetta said two other men have been charged in connection with the holdup.

Kevin W. Kahoe, 22, of 211 W. Fifth St., Waynesboro, faces the same charges as Bookwalter, he said.

The affidavit of probable cause alleges that he provided the Crossman pellet gun that was used in the robbery.

A trooper recovered the weapon May 11 along Hades Church Road in Antrim Township, according to the affidavit charging Bookwalter in the robbery.

Carl L. Butler, 25, of 23 Strine Ave., Waynesboro, was charged with receiving stolen property and compounding. Manetta said the affidavit alleges he took money from the robbery in exchange for not providing information to police.

Manetta said both were arraigned before Weyman on June 4 and were released on $50,000 bond.

He said preliminary hearings have not been scheduled for Kahoe or Butler.

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