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Robber thwarted by victim’s restroom call gets 7-year sentence

A State Supreme Court justice sentenced Robert Wyche to seven years in prison Wednesday morning for robbery.

Wyche, 44, pleaded guilty in July to armed robbery in an unusual two-part crime that happened Aug. 13, 2015 in Bowmansville.

The victim was a 24-year-old construction worker who made the mistake of leaving a strip club with a woman he just met. The two went to a motel and at some point the man was using the shower when he heard others in the room.

It was Wyche, who came in with two other women and a gun. Wyche demanded the victim give him all his cash, only to discover the man didn’t carry much money.

Unsatisfied, Wyche ordered the victim to drive to a convenience store on Genesee Street at Transit to use the ATM. Wyche sent one of the women with the victim to keep an eye on him, but Wyche and the gun remained in the car. The victim realized his opportunity and escaped to the store’s men’s room, locked the door and called police. Wyche and the women were arrested a short time later in the victim’s car in a nearby parking lot.

Wyche has been jailed since his arrest. In addition to the seven years in prison, Justice Russell P. Buscaglia ordered five years post-release supervision for Wyche when he gets out.

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