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September 13, 2013

Man solicited 3 to damage vehicles, police say

He also tried to have wife beaten, robbed

JOHNSTOWN — A Cassandra man was jailed Thursday after police said he solicited three people to rob and beat his estranged wife and vandalize vehicles at her workplace.

West Hills Regional police filed charges against George Lucas Lane, 34, stemming from incidents at Forever Broadcasting on Plaza Drive in Lower Yoder Township on July 26 and 29.

In a criminal complaint, police said they suspected Lane had damaged his wife’s 2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser after she found all four tires slashed, the rear wiper blade damaged and scratches on the passenger side.

Three days later, six company vehicles from various radio stations had tires flattened. Someone had scribbled lewd caricatures on three vehicles. A Rocky 99 truck had deep scratches on the side, police Sgt. George Musulin III said.

Police later received information that another adult male, a juvenile male and an 18-year-old Johnstown woman may have been involved. Police said the woman told them that Lane offered to pay her to damage his wife’s vehicle. The woman got a 16-year-old boy and a man to do the job. The two allegedly vandalized the PT Cruiser on July 26.

“He (Lane) recontacted her and said how about going back and getting all the company vehicles,” Musulin said.

The woman said she drove the pair to the business on July 29. The damage the two did totaled more than $5,000, police said.

Lane paid the woman a total of $300, police said.

Musulin said Lane also asked her to beat and rob his wife, but the woman refused.

Lane is charged with solicitation to commit robbery, aggravated assault and criminal mischief; and conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault and criminal mischief.

Police also charged Lane with criminal conspiracy to commit access device fraud and criminal use of a communication facility.

He was arraigned by on-call District Judge Rick Varner of Salix and sent to the Cambria County Prison after failing to post 10 percent of $140,000.

Police said more charges are expected.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/

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