Linden man accused of attempted rape of clerk

RENOVO – A Lycoming County man is accused of trying to rape a cashier at a store in Renovo.

Lance C. Baker, 35, of Linden, is being held at the Clinton County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail, accused by state police of attempted rape at a business in Renovo.

Bail was set by Magisterial District Judge Frank P. Mills on Dec. 18.

Baker entered the business just before 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 and attempted to sexually assault the cashier, police allege.

“Baker walked up behind the clerk and grabbed the clerk, forcing her into the back room where Baker attempted to sexually assault her,” Trooper Brian Kitko wrote in a press release issued Tuesday.

The clerk was described as a 59-year-old woman.

“Renovo Police apprehended him on Dec. 18 in the 700 block of Erie Avenue in Renovo Borough without incident,” Renovo Officer Michael Jeffries said.

Baker has been charged with one felony count each of rape forcible compulsion and sexual assault, and one misdemeanor count each of indecent assault forcible compulsion, indecent exposure, and simple assault.

In a separate criminal complaint, Baker is charged in Lycoming County with misdemeanor indecent assault for an Oct. 7 incident.


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