Dauphin DA: Man pleads guilty to Dollar General robbery, victim’s first day on the job

Dauphin DA: Man pleads guilty to Dollar General robbery, victim’s first day on the job

Harrisburg. PA

Ronald L. Brubacher III, 33 of Tower City, pleaded guilty on February 12, 2019 to two counts of felony one robbery on the eve of trial.  It was alleged that on April 9, 2018 Brubacher entered the Dollar General store in Dauphin Borough  and threatened two of the workers with what they believed to be a handgun.  When the first store clerk couldn’t open the cash register in time, Brubacher struck him in the head with what was later to be determined to be a BB gun.  Brubacher then fled the store with the money drawer which contained several hundred dollars in cash. 

Brubacher fled in his vehicle toward Lancaster County where he struck two vehicles in Elizabethtown and Mt Joy.  He was eventually apprehended near route 283 by the Pennsylvania State Police.  When he was captured, he was found in possession of fentanyl and drug use paraphernalia.  It is believed that the robbery was fueled by Brubacher’s opioid addiction.  Brubacher turned down a seven to fourteen years state sentence plea offer from Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephen R. Zawisky and decided to plead without any agreements before Dauphin County Judge Scott Arthur Evans.  Sentencing was deferred to April in lieu of a pre-sentence investigation. 

Zawisky credited several good Samaritans whose swift action in contacting the police led to Brubacher’s capture.  He also credited the work of the Pennsylvania State Police, specifically Troopers Markey and Baluh.  Zawisky stated:

“It is ridiculous that you have a kid who is working at Dollar General trying to make a honest living and he has to endure being robbed and assaulted so that someone can get high.  It was the victim’s first day on the job.  The Commonwealth will be requesting a lengthy state sentence.”

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