Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported a Sewell man pled guilty Monday to a robbery that led to the death of a Gloucester Township police K-9.
According to the Camden County Prosecutor’s office Evan Scotese 20, pled guilty to 2nd degree robbery Monday before Superior Court Judge Irvin Snyder. Based on the terms of the plea, Scotese is expected to be sentenced to a six year term of incarceration in a New Jersey state prison. He must serve 85 percent of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Scotese admitted to robbing the Lucky Dragon restaurant on the 400 block of East Church Street about 7 p.m. on November 30, 2010. During the course of the robbery Scotese punched a man working at the restaurant in the face. He and a co-defendant, Skyler Robinson, fled with cash.
Robinson is still facing charges of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault and two counts of injury to law enforcement animals. His actions after the robbery are alleged to have led to the death of a K-9 animal. Scotese was not charged in connection with the dog’s death.
Responding Gloucester Township police officers included Corporal Mark Pickard and his K-9 partner Schultz. The officer and his K-9 pursued Robinson toward Route 42 and Pickard released Schultz after ordering Robinson to stop and warning him he had a K-9 with him. Schultz caught Robinson and the two struggled.
It is alleged Robinson punched Schultz in the head, forcing the K-9 to release his grip. When Schultz caught Robinson again, Robinson began swinging Schultz into the path of oncoming traffic in an effort to make the K-9 release his arm. In the process Robinson spun into oncoming traffic and both the defendant and Schultz were hit by a passing car.
Robinson ran away but Schultz was hit by at least three more vehicles and was found lying in a grass median. He died at the scene.
Scotese is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Snyder on September 9.