Police still seek identity of pharmacy robbery suspect

Published 9:09 am Thursday, February 9, 2017


Police continue to search for a man who robbed a city pharmacy at gunpoint just over two weeks ago.
On Monday, Jan. 23, a man wearing a Carhart jumpsuit entered the CVS Pharmacy, located at 1100 W. Elk Ave., brandished a firearm at employees and demanded prescription medication. The man then fled the store after obtaining an undisclosed type and amount of medication.
The following day, the Elizabethton Police Department released photos of the suspect captured by security cameras in the store and asked for the public’s help in identifying the man.
“We have received tips and info throughout the investigation, but we do not have the suspect identified at this time,” EPD Capt. Joy Shoun said on Wednesday. “We are still interested in obtaining any details or information the public might have.”
There are several ways the public can share their information with investigators, Shoun said. Those wishing to share information can call the EPD’s Criminal Investigations Division at 423-547-6250 or 423-547-6145 or through the department’s Crimestoppers Tip Line at 423-542-7574.
“If they have information and they want to remain anonymous they can do that,” Shoun said.
The robbery happened shortly after 8 p.m. on Jan. 23. Police officers began an immediate search of the area for the suspect, who reportedly fled the pharmacy in the direction of Elizabethton High School.
Employees of the pharmacy described the suspect as a Hispanic male, approximately 6 feet tall and weighing between 160 and 180 pounds. The man was wearing a black “beanie,” dark-framed glasses, a Carhart jumpsuit, and light brown work boots.
Witnesses said the suspect had a mustache, a tattoo next to his right eye, and spoke with what was described to be a Hispanic accent.
According to Shoun, witnesses said the man entered the store, approached the counter, and then walked into the pharmacy area. He then brandished a handgun and demanded staff give him prescription medication.
No employees or witnesses were injured during the robbery, Shoun said.

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