Police: 2 robbed prostitute of dog, cash in Fairview Twp. hotel
Two men allegedly stole a prostitute's dog, cash and other items at gunpoint at a Fairview Township motel early this year, according to police.
Leonardo "Bebo" Ruiz Jr. and Giovannie A. Rodriguez-Sanchez are charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Ruiz additionally is charged with patronizing a prostitute.
Both remain free on $50,000 unsecured bail. That means they didn't have to post any money to avoid being locked up but could forfeit that amount if they miss court proceedings.
Ruiz, 29, formerly of Edison Street in York City and now of Martinsburg, Blair County, is represented by attorney Kevin Hoffman, who said his client maintains his innocence.
"He will present evidence at trial to counter these claims," Hoffman said.
Court records don't list an attorney for Rodriguez-Sanchez, 24, of Garfield Street in York City, and he could not be reached for comment.
The allegations: According to charging documents filed by Fairview Township Detective Jarrett Boyles, the two men went to a room at the Days Inn, 353 Lewisberry Road, on Jan. 28, where they met a prostitute about 9:30 p.m.
The woman reported to police that one of the men pointed a gun at her and told her to be quiet or he would kill her, according to charging documents.
She said that one of the men then ransacked the room while the other man raped her, documents state.
"When they were finished, the two men stole approximately $800, her cellular telephone, her identification, and her small white dog," documents state.
Dog still missing: On Thursday, Aug. 2, Boyles told The York Dispatch he's still trying to find the woman's dog.
"Last we heard, the dog had been sold to an unknown person," he said.
Through information received from tipsters, Boyles identified the robbers as allegedly being Ruiz and Rodriguez-Sanchez, documents state.
During a police interview, Rodriguez-Sanchez told Boyles that Ruiz called him that night, saying he'd had a fight with his girlfriend and wanted to meet up with a prostitute, according to documents.
Rodriguez-Sanchez said they went to the Days Inn and that Ruiz met with the woman, and that Ruiz claimed the woman had stolen his money, police said.
Both men then took the woman's dog and other items, according to documents.
No rape charges: Neither defendant is charged with rape, although charging documents state that the woman reported she was raped by one of the robbers.
Kyle King, spokesman for the York County District Attorney's Office, said he couldn't discuss specifics about the case, including why rape charges weren't filed.
"We are unable to comment at this time because it remains an active investigation/prosecution," King wrote in an email. He said the prosecution might be able to comment after the case is resolved.
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