ESSEX, Md. — When she first spotted the man standing outside and staring at the Domino’s Pizza on Eastern Boulevard last Wednesday night, Assistant Manager Faith Flagg says she didn’t think much of it, but she would soon discover that he’d been casing the place.
“I’m just thinking he’s a regular customer coming in ordering food,” said Flagg. “and the next thing you know, I come back from the counter ready to start making some more food with my co-worker and he comes behind me with a gun next to my head and says, ‘Give me the money.’”
Just two hours earlier, police say the same man, now identified as 23-year-old Zachery Erin Kuhn, had gone inside the Dollar General store in the Victory Villa Shopping Center a few miles away and had actually purchased items before heading back to the check out with additional items, pulling out a handgun and robbing the cashier there in similar fashion.
“Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County police department also had similar cases so our department worked with those agencies and the next day, on the 30th, he was arrested in a traffic stop,” said Baltimore County Police Det. Robert Reason.
Flagg says she snapped a picture of the robber’s getaway car showing his license plate and gave it to police, but Kuhn’s arrest has brought her little relief.
Not when all customers are required to wear masks, and any robber could use that to their advantage.
“My mom wants me to quit,” said Flagg, “My friends want me to quit. Actually, my mom---she wants me to quit, but she told me to get transferred, but…”
“She might feel better that he was captured?” we asked.
“Yes, she does,” Flagg responded, “I told her about it. She says she feels good about it.”
Kuhn now faces a series of charges including armed robbery, assault and theft, and he’s being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center with no bond.