Suspected armed robber and rapist pleads not guilty

NORWICH – One of two men accused of breaking into a Sherburne home and raping and robbing a 58-year-old woman appeared in County Court Friday.

Jonathan “Joe” Elwood, 29, Ashcraft Road, Norwich, has been charged predatory sexual assault (Class A-II felony), first degree burglary (Class B felony), first degree rape (Class B felony), first degree robbery (Class B felony), first degree criminal sexual act (Class B felony), first degree criminal use of a firearm (Class B felony) and petit larceny.

Elwood pleaded not guilty to all charges. Elwood’s alleged co-conspirator, Stephen R. Ohl, 24, Cunningham Lawrence Road, Sherburne, is facing similar charges for his role in the December crime.

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