2 charged with robbery in TV reality show scam

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, 9:10 a.m.

Two men are in the Indiana County Jail on charges that they videotaped a robbery and told the victims they were filming for a reality television show called “We Just Got Robbed.”

Randall J. Smith of Templehill, Md., and Artie Goodwine of Memphis were incarcerated Sunday in lieu of $25,000 straight cash bond, jail officials said. The suspects' ages were not available.

In an incident report by Indiana Borough police, two males alerted officers in the area of Sixth and Philadelphia streets that they were being robbed at 1:21 a.m. Sunday. The officers and victims pursued two suspects, apprehending them and identifying them as Smith and Goodwine.

The victims told police the men videotaped the robbery on a cell phone. The suspects stole $20 from the victims, police said.

Smith and Goodwine were arraigned before District Judge Susanne Steffee. Both are charged with robbery, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct. Smith faces an additional charge of resisting arrest, and Goodwine additionally is charged with underage drinking.

Three suspects, one carrying a camera, videotaped a knifepoint robbery in April at a New York City deli in April. The men were caught on surveillance footage.

The October 2011 beating of a Florida man was videotaped and posted to YouTube. The video has since been removed.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

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