The suspect in the robbery of a Medford Subway restaurant on Center Drive in Medford didn’t get very far. Within four minutes of receiving the report at 9:37 p.m., an officer contacted a man he saw trying to hide behind nearby Wal-Mart. He determined the man resembled a description of the suspect. 36-year old Robert Elbert Johannesson was detained.
After an interview with a Subway employee, police learned the suspect wore a mask, goggles and a mitt on his right hand. The suspect purported he was armed and demanded money. The employee complied, and the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Officers found a Halloween mask, goggles and a car wash mitt containing a plastic toy gun near the restaurant. Based on video surveillance and other evidence, Johannesson was arrested. The stolen money was also recovered.
Johannesson is lodged in Jackson County Jail on 2nd and 3rd degree robbery charges and 2nd degree theft. Bail was set at over a million dollars. He is no stranger to southern Oregon law enforcement as Johannesson has several pending charges pending from May, in which he allegedly burglarized two car lots and stole two vehicles. He was released on June 14th.