Citizen Alerts Police to Drug Store Robbery in Progress Resulting in an Arrest

Thursday May 5th, 2011

Posted at 12:42pm

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Windsor Police have one man in custody after an attempt to rob a pharmacy was foiled early this morning.

Police say that at 12:05 a.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2011, uniformed WPS officers responded to a pharmacy located at the corner of Tecumseh Rd. at Howard Ave for a report of an attempted robbery.   The suspect had entered the store and proceeded directly to the pharmacy counter at the rear of the store. When he was approached by the pharmacist, the suspect brandished a steak knife and demanded that the pharmacist give him all the Oxycontins.

The suspect was overheard by another customer nearby who observed the suspect holding the knife.  Immediately recognizing what was transpiring before him, the customer called 911 on his cell phone and alerted police to the robbery.  The pharmacist then told the suspect to leave as the police were on the way.  The suspect then turned and walked out of the store with the customer following.  Upon seeing that he was being followed, the suspect ran east on Tecumseh Rd. and was last seen by the witness at Parent Ave.

Officers converged in the area and arrested a man who matched the description of the suspect emerging from an alley at Parent Hanna St.   Officers then searched the area subsequent to the arrest of the suspect located a steak knife in a bush near the store and also some clothing matching the description of what the suspect was wearing at the time of the attempted robbery in the alley near Hanna St. at Parent Ave.

Nothing was stolen from the pharmacy during the attempt robbery and neither the pharmacist nor the witness were injured as a result.

Charged is Matthew Kocmut , 25 years of Windsor. He is charged with Robbery and Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of an Offence.

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