Second man charged in Schultz’s robberyA second man is facing a felony charge stemming from the armed robbery of Schultz’s Sports Bar in October.
By: The Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
A second man is facing a felony charge stemming from the armed robbery of Schultz’s Sports Bar in October.
Steven Brian Ecklund, 35, of Superior faces a single count of armed robbery as a party to a crime. He made his initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Ecklund is accused of driving Richard Carlisle Hollenbeck, 45, to and from the bar the morning of Oct. 12, and giving him a head count of people in the bar prior to the robbery.
Hollenbeck, of Moose Lake, faces a single felony count of armed robbery. His next court appearance is set for February.
Witnesses in the bar at the time of the robbery said two men appeared to be involved in the crime – one male who brandished a knife and took money from a cabinet and a second man who was at the back of the bar nervously running his hand across the top of the back of a bar stool, according to both criminal complaints.
According to the newest complaint, Ecklund told Superior police detective Joe Krieg that he drove Hollenbeck from a Carlton casino to a gas station near Schultz’s Sports Bar in Superior, where Hollenbeck talked about how easy it would be to rob the bar. Ecklund told Krieg he walked into the bar to play some games but had forgotten his snuff, so he left. He and Hollenbeck talked in the parking lot of the gas station and Ecklund told Hollenbeck how many people were in Schultz’s. They returned to their car, and then Hollenbeck said he would be right back and left.
“The defendant stated that he knew something bad was going to happen,” the complaint stated.
Hollenback returned to the car and told Ecklund to drive away quickly, according to the complaint. They drove to a motel in West Duluth. Ecklund told Krieg that Hollenbeck told him he’d stolen money from the bar and showed Ecklund the knife he had used.
Superior Police tracked down the suspects with the help of surveillance video from the gas station where the car was parked. It showed two men matching the description of the robbers get into a Dodge Neon with a discolored hood and drive away. Hollenbeck was located the following day riding in a Dodge Neon with a discolored hood. After analyzing a surveillance recording from the bar, Krieg and Detective Jack Curphy concluded that Hollenbeck was the man brandishing the knife during the robbery.
If convicted, both men face a maximum penalty of 40 years imprisonment and up to a $100,000 fine. Both men remain in custody in Douglas County Jail. Cash bail was set at $5,000 in both cases. Ecklund’s next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.