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More charges filed in alleged kidnap attempt

Joe Napsha
| Wednesday, May 9, 2012, 12:43 p.m.

The Greensburg man who impersonated high school cheerleaders allegedly told a fellow inmate that police were "lucky" they arrested him on Sept. 3 because he already had picked the girl he intended to lure to his apartment that night.

The identity of the girl that 48-year-old Robert Domasky allegedly wanted to lure to his 213 E. Otterman St. home was not revealed in the criminal complaint police filed against him, but he is accused of telling an inmate at the Westmoreland County Prison that he had taken photographs of his target.

As a result of his alleged jailhouse confession, Domasky was arraigned Wednesday before District Justice James Albert, of Greensburg, on a felony count of criminal attempt at kidnapping and a misdemeanor charge of criminal attempt at luring a child into a vehicle. He faces a Dec. 9 preliminary hearing before Albert on those charges.

After Albert informed Domasky of the new charges he faced, the suspect disagreed with the new allegations.

"I don't see how they can charge me with this," Domasky told Albert, who stopped further discussion by telling him not to discuss the case.

The suspect was charged as Robert Domasky, his birth name, rather than Kelly Dawn Hullenbaugh, the female name he had taken and the name under which the original charges were filed. Despite Domasky's protests that he had changed his name, Albert said he would be identified as Domasky in the criminal charges.

Citing a concern for public safety, Albert set the bond on the new charges at $100,000, which means Domasky cannot be freed from the county prison pending his trial unless someone posts a bond of $250,000. Albert had set bond on previous charges at $150,000.

"If you were to make bond, I don't think house arrest would be appropriate enough," Albert said. The district justice said that house arrest, with its requirements for home electronic monitoring and reporting to the county probation office, is not "100 percent foolproof."

The eight-page affidavit filed by Patrolman John Swank against Domasky contained no information that would reveal the alleged victim's identity or identify her as a cheerleader. But Domasky previously was charged with stalking for allegedly taking photos of Greensburg Salem cheerleaders at the middle school on Sept. 3 as they prepared to march to Offutt Field for a football game.

Police obtained the information when inmate Michael Howe wrote a letter to Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Calisti. The inmate's statements did not reveal what Domasky intended to do once the victim was in his apartment.

Domasky allegedly told Howe on Nov. 18 that he intended to lure a girl to his apartment by telling her he was a cheerleading coach. Another witness, Jonathan Bankosh, alleged that Domasky had told him that he "had been watching this girl for some time."

Police had seized photographs from Domasky's apartment showing he had dressed as a high school cheerleader and had his picture taken in an outfit that resembled ones worn by Greensburg Salem cheerleaders.

Domasky allegedly told police that he went into the girls lockerroom at Greensburg Salem High School at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 to look for the high school cheerleading coach to learn some cheers.

When police arrested Domasky at his apartment that evening, they found a 10-inch knife and a Greensburg Salem gym and cheerleading uniform in the back of his Jeep. He told police he used the knife for camping.

Domasky is awaiting trial in connection with the criminal trespassing, stalking, identity theft and other charges.

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