Under Pennsylvania law, the accomplice to a crime can be charged with the crime itself. Thus, an accomplice to an act of armed robbery can be charged with the crime even if he or she was not armed at the time. A young Scranton woman is being hunted by police for allegedly acting as an accomplice while her boyfriend committed several armed robberies.
On June 19, the suspect started a relationship with a man and managed to gain entrance to his home. The boyfriend then forced his way into the house and robbed the man. In a similar incident on June 27, the suspect allegedly asked a man to help her with her car. As the man was bending over the engine compartment, the suspect's boyfriend approached with a drawn gun, demanding money and the man's cellphone. The victim complied with the demand but then managed to escape on foot.
The boyfriend was arrested and charged with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and aggravated assault. He was released from custody for medical reasons. The young woman is still at large, but she has been charged the same crimes. Her bond has been set at $250,000.
The pair face serious criminal charges, but they are nevertheless entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until they are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. Such a consultation can provide a helpful evaluation of the case, an enumeration of possible defense strategies, and an estimate of the likelihood of obtaining a favorable plea agreement or an outright acquittal.
Source: Lehigh Valley Live, "Have you seen her? Cops seek alleged armed robbery accomplice," Pamela Sroka-Holzmann, Dec. 1, 2016