Skyler Robinson, Accused of Killing K-9 Schultz, Arrested on Drug Charges
Skyler J. Robinson is accused of possessing a powerful narcotic drug.
UPDATE, 4:58 p.m.: Skyler Robinson was released from the Gloucester County Jail after posting bail late Wednesday afternoon, according to an official at the jail.
The Washington Township man already accused of killing a Gloucester Township police K-9 after allegedly robbing a Chinese restaurant with an accomplice is in trouble again.
Skyler J. Robinson, 22, of Pitman Downer Road, was arrested without incident at his home Wednesday on drug-distribution charges, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
In his latest arrest, Robinson is charged with possession of oxycodone without a prescription, and with intent to distribute; distribution of oxycodone to an undercover officer; and possession of oxycodone.
Oxycodone is a powerful narcotic painkiller.
All the charges against Robinson are third-degree crimes, each punishable by three to five years in state prison.
Robinson's bail on the new charges was set at $20,000, with an option to post 10 percent. He was being held at the Gloucester County Jail. Robinson was a standout football player at Washington Township High School.
His latest arrest came after a month-long investigation by the prosecutor's Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit, which was assisted in the arrest by Washington Township police and Rowan University police. (Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the prosecutor, said Robinson is not accused of selling drugs on the Rowan campus, nor was he a student at the school in Glassboro.)
Robinson was free on bail pending trial in Camden County on charges that he killed Schultz, a Gloucester Township police K-9, after Robinson and an accomplice, Evan Scotese, robbed Lucky Dragon Chinese restaurant in Blackwood on Nov. 30, 2010. Robinson allegedly threw the dog into oncoming traffic on Route 42 as Robinson was being pursued by police.
Scotese was sentenced in September 2011 to six years in state prison, after pleading guilty to the robbery.
Schultz's death in the line of duty led to an outpouring of support for the department, as well as a new state law named after him that increased the penalties for those found guilty of killing a police animal. Because Schultz was killed before the law was passed, the new penalties won't apply to Robinson if he's found guilty of killing the dog.