Man Sentenced to State Prison for Armed Robberies

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CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield man accused of two armed robberies pleaded guilty Monday in Clearfield County.

Robert Lee Runyan, 24, 479 Flood Rd., Clearfield, an inmate of the Clearfield County Jail, pleaded guilty to robbery, terroristic threats and simple assault in both cases. He was sentenced to a total of five years to 12 years in state prison. He was fined $6 plus costs and must pay restitution of $545.

The charges stem from incidences at the Fuel On store in Curwensville on June 22 and a Kwik Fill station in Lawrence Township on June 25.

Prior to sentencing, Runyan said he was sorry for what he had done.

According to the affidavit of probable cause in the Curwensville case, the clerk told police a man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, red bandana and dark sunglasses came into the store, pulled a gun on her and then ordered her to put the money in his back pack. When she froze for a moment, he yelled “put the money in the bag!” while holding her at gun point.

While reviewing the incident from the video surveillance camera, it was determined the robber had been in the store prior to the robbery and walked around. He was wearing the same clothes as he wore during the robbery.

The surveillance footage also showed him leaving in a maroon-colored GMC Jimmy, where a passenger could be seen in the vehicle.

On June 24, the robber was identified by a relative as Runyan and later another individual also identified him as Runyan.

According to the affidavit in the second case, a man entered the Kwik Fill on South Second Street in Clearfield wearing a mask and hoodie. He showed the clerk a black-colored hand gun and shoved a back pack at him, demanding the clerk put money in it or he would blow his head off. After getting $125, the robber fled the building on foot.

When an officer spoke to the clerk, he realized this was similar to the Fuel On robbery. Because the other robber had been identified as Runyan, police went to his home where he was taken into custody.

In a third case, Runyan pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property and was sentenced to one to three years in state prison. This sentence will run concurrent with his robbery sentences. He was fined $1 plus costs.

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