Suspect arrested in Park City restaurant robbery
An investigation by the Park City Police Department, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and a regional drug task force led to the arrest of a suspect Thursday evening in the armed robbery of a Main Street restaurant the previous weekend.
Christopher Schutte is 46 years old and is a Park City resident. The authorities booked him into the Summit County Jail on preliminary charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, according to the Police Department. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said he remained incarcerated late on Friday morning. Bail is set at $59,000. Sheriff’s Office deputies made the arrest.
The Police Department said in a prepared statement the suspect was arrested at a hotel at Kimball Junction. He was staying at the hotel, the police said. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the regional drug task force is part of the case since the suspect is also wanted on an arrest warrant involving drug-related charges.
Kirk said investigators received several tips after media coverage of the case.
The Police Department said a man brandishing a pistol robbed Flanagan’s on Main midmorning on Easter. An employee found a man on the basement level as Flanagan’s on Main was preparing to open, the police have said.
A co-owner of Flanagan’s on Main, John Kenworthy, said afterward the man forced a bartender at gunpoint into a refrigerated room. The police said the man stole an undisclosed number of bottles of expensive wine.
Kirk declined to disclose whether a gun was found when Schutte was arrested. He also declined to comment regarding whether any wine was recovered.
The Police Department said in a prepared statement Schutte worked at Flanagan’s on Main. The restaurant terminated his employment approximately 18 months ago, the police said.
The investigation is continuing. The police said there is a possibility additional charges will be filed.
Flanagan’s on Main posted a $5,000 reward for information that led to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. The Police Department said there will be discussions about reward money, but details were not available.
Robberies are rare in Park City while crimes involving a gun are also unusual in the city. The case at Flanagan’s on Main and the large law enforcement response interrupted what was otherwise a pleasant Easter Sunday along Main Street.
Kenworthy shortly after the robbery said he was confident the police would apprehend a suspect. The Park Record was unable to contact Kenworthy after the arrest.
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