John Schurko, 56, of Malden, was arrested and charged on December 16 in connection with the armed robbery of Harvard Market, which allegedly took place four days earlier. According to federal law enforcement officials, Schurko entered the market at 229 Highland Ave. brandishing a black handgun. He then went behind the counter and demanded money from the cashier.
Schurko had a vehicle in a hotel parking lot in Medford, where he was taken into custody. While searching the vehicle, police allegedly recovered a black Airsoft gun among other items.
Schurko appeared in court on December 17 facing one count of interference with commerce by robbery. He is scheduled to be back in court on December 30 for a detention hearing. Should he be convicted, Schurko could face up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.