Bank robbery suspect captured
Man arrested when he shows up for probation check-in
— 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
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.