Aberdeen man arrested in May Panera robbery

Aberdeen police have arrested a 37-year-old Aberdeen man in connection with an armed robbery at Panera Bread in May.

John Timothy Lacotti, of the 300 block of Post Road, was arrested Friday at his home and charged with armed robbery, robbery, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and use of a firearm during a felony, according to an Aberdeen Police Department news release.

The robber entered the restaurant, at 1022 Beards Hill Road, at 5:45 p.m. on May 9. He displayed a handgun and demanded cash from an employee, police said. After getting an undisclosed amount of money, he ran out. No one was hurt in the incident.

Detectives identified Lacotti as a suspect after a lengthy investigation, Aberdeen Police said.

The police SWAT team and criminal investigation section executed the search and seizure warrant at his home. Police recovered a handgun during a search of his house, according to the news release.

District Court Judge John Dunnigan set Lacotti's bail at $75,000 during a bail review Monday.

Lacotti graduated Overlea High School, is engaged to be married and works at a furniture installation company, public defender Brian Cunningham said. He also suffers from depression and anxiety, Cunningham said.

Lacotti was still being held at the Harford County Detention Center Tuesday afternoon.

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