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Date: May 5, 2020

Baltimore County Police charged a suspect in two armed commercial robberies in Essex last month and believed to be responsible for additional robberies in neighboring jurisdictions.

Booking photo of Zachery Erin KuhnThe investigation in Baltimore County began on April 29 with the robbery of two businesses under similar circumstances just hours apart.

Police were called to Dollar General in the 100 block of Beacon Road, 21220 around 7:30 p.m. after the suspect purchased items but stayed in the store and continued shopping. He returned to the check out with additional items, but this time he stepped behind the counter and produced a handgun, ordering the cashier to open the safe. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Just after 9:30 p.m. police responded to a second armed robbery, this time at Domino's Pizza in the 600 block of Eastern Boulevard, 21221. This time the suspect ordered food, then stepped outside. When he returned, he again stepped behind the counter, produced a handgun and ordered an employee to open a cash register and the safe. Again, the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Baltimore County Police Robbery Detectives worked cooperatively with the Anne Arundel County and Baltimore Police Departments, which had both experienced similar crimes, to identify the suspect, identified as Zachery Erin Kuhn (23) of the 1300 block of Pontiac Avenue, 21225. Kuhn and a female passenger were arrested during an April 30 traffic stop, at which time a loaded handgun was also located on Kuhn. 

Kuhn faces the following charges:

  • Two counts of armed robbery
  • Two counts of robbery
  • Three counts of first degree assault
  • Three counts of second degree assault
  • Two counts of theft
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime

Kuhn is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status following a bail review hearing yesterday. The woman was released without charge.

On May 2, county residents were awakened at 1:34 a.m. by a bedroom alarm alert. Their residential alarm company contacted them regarding a possible intrusion into their home as the bedroom window and intruder alarm were activated. The couple was 25 minutes away at another home. The wife was able to communicate with the officers through a Ring doorbell camera. They kept her calm as they were checking the residence. The husband thought he may have left the basement door unlocked and drove to the house realizing someone may have gone inside to commit a crime.

K9 DexMeanwhile eight Baltimore County police officers along with a Patrol K9, Dex, surrounded the house. Dex proudly went to work and made sure no one was inside, allowing the homeowner to breathe a sigh of relief.

The home owners were so thankful the officers and K9 arrived so quickly to make sure no one had broken into their home. They were relieved and grateful for the kindness demonstrated by the officers.

This is a reminder for all to make sure your windows and doors are secured before you leave your house.

The officers were just doing their job and were very appreciative of the kind words from the home owners. Letting them know nothing was broken or damaged and then confirming the home was safe with the assistance of the search dog is all part of a day’s work.

The pandemic does not stop crime. We are here for you, every hour, every day.

Stay safe, stay home, save lives.

Baltimore County Police investigate a fight that led to a man’s death in Halethorpe.

Just after 2:30 a.m. on May 3, Baltimore County Police were called to a home located in the 2000 block of Northeast Avenue, 21227 for a call of shots fired. Police arrived and found a man unresponsive inside the home.  Medics responded to the scene and pronounced the man dead. The decedent was identified as Brian Michael Katuthat (41) of the same address listed above.

The investigation determined that Katuthat and another male resident got into a physical confrontation. Soon after the fight ended, Katuthat fired a shotgun round through the man's bedroom door. Katuthat entered the bedroom and began assaulting the male resident. This caused another physical altercation that ultimately led to Katuthat’s death.

This case will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine if the resident will face any charges from this incident. Baltimore County Police Homicide Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this event.

Revised June 27, 2017