17-year-old arrested in armed robbery at pharmacy

17-year-old arrested in armed robbery at pharmacy

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - A juvenile was arrested in Newport following an armed robbery Monday.

According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford with Newport police, the incident happened at the Norman & Baker Pharmacy at 1117 McLain Street just after 2 p.m.

Pharmacy employees told police the suspect came into the store with his face partially covered and brandishing a knife.

Weatherford stated the suspect reportedly told the employees to "get out of the way" and went behind the counter where he took three bottles of promethazine with codeine (a Schedule V controlled substance).

The suspect then fled from the pharmacy into a the back seat of a white Cadillac. A witness who saw the suspect get into the vehicle called the Newport Police Department.

Police found the Cadillac at the intersection Pecan and McLain Streets near the pharmacy.

Officers found the suspect in the back of the vehicle and arrested him without incident, Weatherford said. One bottle of the stolen drug was recovered in the vehicle.

The other 2 drug bottles and the knife used in the incident were found in a parking lot of the Unity Health/Harris Medical Center, according to Weatherford.

Police discovered that the suspect was a 17-year-old male from the Tuckerman area. The driver of the vehicle was described by police as an "elderly relative" who was unaware the suspect was going to rob the pharmacy.

The name of the suspect has not been released due to his age. He was taken to the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville.

Weatherford said the 17-year-old is expected to be charged with aggravated robbery, theft of property and possession of a controlled substance.

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