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COMMONWEALTH v. STEVENS (04/03/74)

decided: April 3, 1974.

COMMONWEALTH
v.
STEVENS, APPELLANT



Appeal from judgment of sentence of Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, No. 872 of 1973, in case of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Richard Donnell Stevens.

COUNSEL

Richard D. Walker, Public Defender, for appellant.

Marion E. MacIntyre and Rolf W. Bienk, Deputy District Attorneys, and LeRoy S. Zimmerman, District Attorney, for Commonwealth, appellee.

Watkins, P. J., Jacobs, Hoffman, Cercone, Price, Van der Voort, and Spaeth, JJ. Opinion by Jacobs, J.

Author: Jacobs

[ 227 Pa. Super. Page 26]

This is an appeal from a judgment of sentence in a case in which a jury found the appellant guilty of aggravated robbery,*fn1 and in which the appellant's motion

[ 227 Pa. Super. Page 27]

    for a new trial was denied. It is appellant's contention that the Commonwealth failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he had been one of the two persons who committed the robbery in question. In view of certain evidence presented at trial, summarized hereafter, we affirm.

The Commonwealth presented evidence to the effect that a robbery had occurred at the Dauphin Deposit Trust Company in Steelton, Pennsylvania, on March 27, 1973. A teller at the institution testified that on that date, at approximately 1:00 p.m., two men entered the establishment and announced a robbery. The shorter of the two, she stated, appeared to be concealing something, like a weapon, and proceeded into the manager's office; the taller individual, whose height she estimated to be 5' 10" or 6', jumped over in front of her counter, removing money from the counter and a drawer, according to her testimony. She stated that at one point this man was perhaps no more than 3 inches from her, that he was wearing a dark, floppy, knit hat pulled down to his nose and dark glasses, and that she was able to look up underneath the hat and see his face.*fn2 She further stated that he wore black boots, black or navy-blue trousers, and a short jacket over a black shirt; that he was in the bank for from 3 to 5 minutes; and that he placed the money he took in a light green or yellow pillowcase. She stated that appellant was this man, and testified that as he and the accomplice fled on foot after leaving the institution she pointed them out to two police officers.

[ 227 Pa. Super. Page 28]

One of the police officers testified as to his chase on foot after the two individuals who had been pointed out to him. He stated that the taller of the two men was about 6' in height, that he wore all dark clothes, that a hat resembling a woman's was down over his head, and that he was carrying a yellow pillowcase. Following the chase, during the course of which the taller man might have been out of his sight "for two seconds when he turned the corners," the officer shot the man, according to his testimony.*fn3 "When I hit him," he said, "he staggered, kept on his feet, and turned the corner, and when I turned the corner he was up against . . . [a] Church and he hollered, don't shoot no more, I'm hurt." The officer further testified that at the man's feet lay a yellow pillowcase containing a pair of glasses, a black or blue hat, and about $15,000 or $16,000 in bills, which money was, to the best of his knowledge, returned to the financial institution. He stated that appellant was the man whom he had shot.

Commonwealth exhibits consisting of a pillowcase, a hat, and glasses were identified by the officer as those referred to in his testimony. The pillowcase was also identified by the teller, mentioned above, as the one used by the taller robber to which her testimony referred; she stated that she was almost certain that the hat was the one worn by the robber, and she testified that the glasses were similar to those worn. A second teller identified the pillowcase as that used by the taller robber, the hat as that worn by him, and the appellant as the ...


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