STURBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Sturbridge man was arrested Tuesday morning following an armed robbery incident and intense manhunt.

Charles Shuman, 29, of Sturbridge, was arrested after allegedly robbing a victim and firing a shot during the incident.


According to police, at approximately 9:47 a.m., the victim called 911 and reported being robbed by Shuman. The victim, who knew Shuman, stated that Shuman had called him to the residence under the pretense of needing a ride. Upon arrival, Shuman allegedly fired a shot at the victim, but no one was injured.

Officers determined that Shuman initially left the scene in a black SUV driven by a female accomplice. Moments later, he exited the vehicle and ran behind houses on Cricket Drive. Officer Scott Crevier spotted Shuman running into the woods and strategically positioned himself to provide crucial information on Shuman’s direction of travel, aiding in setting up a perimeter.

A coordinated response involving the Sturbridge Police, Brookfield Police, Massachusetts State Police, and state police canine units was quickly mobilized. At approximately 10:47 a.m., Trooper Gina Pedro from the Massachusetts State Police observed Shuman near Cedar Street. Despite initially fleeing, Shuman was apprehended after a brief chase and physical confrontation with Tpr. Pedro.

During the arrest, officers recovered a 9mm handgun with a round in the chamber from Shuman’s backpack and a .45 caliber handgun in his waistband, which was fired during the robbery.

Shuman was brought to the Sturbridge Police Department for booking and will remain in custody until his arraignment in Dudley District Court on Thursday, July 11.

Charles Shuman faces multiple charges, including:

  1. Assault with intent to rob or murder
  2. Armed robbery
  3. Assault and battery by discharge of a firearm
  4. Attempt to commit a crime
  5. Discharge of a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling
  6. Possession of a Class B substance
  7. Possession of firearms without being duly licensed (three counts)
  8. Possession of ammunition without being duly licensed
  9. Manufacturing a firearm without being duly licensed

During the incident, local activities were temporarily disrupted for safety. The Sturbridge Rec programs and Burgess Elementary’s summer camp, located nearby, were put on lockdown. A GEO-fenced Code Red alert was issued to inform residents of the situation and was later updated when the matter was resolved.

Chief Earl J. Dessert expressed gratitude to all involved agencies for their swift and effective response, ensuring the safety of the community. “I want to thank everyone involved from the 911 call takers, the members of the Sturbridge Police Department, the Troopers of the Massachusetts State Police, the State Police K-9 teams, the Brimfield Police Department, the Brookfield Police Department, CEMLEC SWAT, and Sturbridge EMS,” said Chief Dessert. “Please know this investigation is still ongoing.”

The Sturbridge Police are currently seeking to interview the female driver of the SUV involved in the incident. Trooper Pedro received minor scratches from broken glass during the arrest and was treated on the scene by Sturbridge EMS.

Residents are assured that there is no ongoing threat, and normal activities can resume. Officers remain on the scene for processing as the investigation continues.

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