Armed Robbery Suspect Captured

(Harford County, MD – January 25, 2009) – Harford County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested John Robert Shultz, 35, of the 1800 block of Cape May Road, Essex, MD in connection with two armed robberies.

On Tuesday January 20, 2009 at 11:37 p.m., deputies responded to the Royal Farms in the 2900 block of Churchville Road, Churchville, MD in reference to a reported armed robbery. Stolen during the robbery were 39 cartons of cigarettes and $80.00 in cash. The suspect was described as a white male in his early thirties, approximately five feet eight inches tall, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and a blue baseball cap.

On Thursday January 22, 2009 at 2:36 a.m. deputies responded to the 7-11 in the 1300 block of East Churchville Road, Bel Air, MD for a reported robbery. A carton of cigarettes, food, and approximately $500.00 in cash were stolen during the robbery. The suspect ordered the clerk to leave the store and walk towards the road. The clerk was able to provide a description and license number of the vehicle the suspect was driving and of a woman sitting in the passenger seat. The suspect was described as a white male in his early thirties, approximately five feet four inches tall, with reddish or light colored hair, and a heavy hair growth under his bottom lip.

Detectives tracked the vehicle to a hotel in Baltimore County where they where able to identify the occupants of the suspected vehicle. Through further investigation detectives determined John Robert Shultz was the driver of the vehicle and was identified as the suspect in both of the armed robberies.

A warrant was issued on January 22, 2009 for Shultz’s arrest in connection with the robberies charging him with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of robbery, two counts of theft over $500.00, using a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and assault-1st degree. Shultz was arrested at 8:30 p.m. in Baltimore City without incident and transported to the Harford County Detention Center for processing and is currently being held without bond. A bond review is scheduled for Monday January 26, 2009.

News Release

January 25, 2009


  • Sgt. David Betz
  • Monica A. Worrell

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