Bank rob­bery sus­pect cap­tured

Man ar­rested when he shows up for pro­ba­tion check-in

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— A man who robbed an Elk­ton bank is in cus­tody af­ter de­tec­tives cap­tured him Mon­day at the Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court­house — where he had an ap­point­ment with his pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer in an un­re­lated crim­i­nal case, po­lice re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors rec­og­nized the sus­pect, John Tay­lor Bat­tee, 35, while study­ing sur veil­lance video of the armed rob­bery that oc­curred shortly be­fore 10 a.m. Fri­day at the Aberdeen Prov­ing Ground Fed­eral Credit Union at 1204 E. Pu­laski High­way, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elk­ton Po­lice Depart­ment spokesman.

“He was known to us. We knew that he was on pro­ba­tion and that he had an ap­point­ment with his parole & pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer at 5 p.m. Mon­day,” Zurolo ex­plained.

Bat­tee kept that

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ap­point­ment, too, de­spite al­legedly rob­bing the bank three days ear­lier.

“We were there, wait­ing, when he showed up for his ap­point­ment and we took him into cus­tody,” Zurolo said, not­ing that Bat­tee is on pro­ba­tion for at least two con­vic­tions in bur­glary cases.

In May 2011, Bat­tee re­ceived a 10-year prison sen­tence for sec­ond-de­gree bur­glary, to be fol­lowed by five years of su­per­vised pro­ba­tion, ac­cord­ing to Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court records.

Those court doc­u­ments do not in­di­cate how much of that 10-year sen­tence Bat­tee served be­fore he was re­leased from prison and started his pro­ba­tion, which he was still on at the time of Fri­day’s bank rob­bery.

Court records also show that Bat­tee was placed on pro­ba­tion in July 2011 af­ter he re­ceived a sus­pended three-year sen­tence for an­other sec­ond-de­gree bur­glary con­vic­tion.

Bat­tee, who re­mained in the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter with­out bond on Tues­day morn­ing, is fac­ing sev­eral charges re­lat­ing to Fri­day’s in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing armed rob­bery, first­de­gree as­sault, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and theft of more $1,000 and less than $10,000, po­lice re­ported.

Po­lice said Bat­tee, walked into the APG Credit Union at 9:49 a.m. Fri­day and al­legedly handed the teller a note in which he demanded money.

“It read “some­thing to the ef­fect, ‘You have 10 sec­onds to give me your money or I’ll start shoot­ing’,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment of prob­a­ble cause filed in Ce­cil County Dis­trict Court.

At that point, Bat­tee started “count­ing down from 10 to 9 to 8 and so on” while im­ply­ing that he had a gun but never bran­dish­ing one, po­lice re­ported.

Af­ter the bank em­ployee handed over $2,698, the sus­pect fled from the bank in an un­known di­rec­tion, ac­cord­ing to court records.

The sus­pect took the note with him, po­lice re­ported.

Af­ter ar­rest­ing Bat­tee, in­ves­ti­ga­tors searched the sus­pect’s ve­hi­cle for ev­i­dence and con­fis­cated cloth­ing that de­tec­tives be­lieve links Bat­tee to the bank rob­bery, ac­cord­ing to Zurolo.

Sur­veil­lance video shows the sus­pect wear­ing a red ball cap, black T-shirt, red ath­letic shorts and black sneak­ers, Zurolo re­ported Mon­day.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors did not find a gun or any other weapon, how­ever, Zurolo said.

“It’s still an armed rob­bery,” Zurolo cat­e­go­rized, ex­plain­ing that a sus­pect doesn’t have to dis­play a weapon — only al­lude to pos­sess­ing one — for an armed rob­bery charge to ap­ply.

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