3rd time's the charm: Robber taken down at 3rd pharmacy

3rd time's the charm: Robber taken down at 3rd pharmacy

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PHOENIX -

A suspect accused in a string of armed pharmacy robberies is now behind bars -- but police are still looking for his accomplice.

Officers say James Johnson robbed 3 valley pharmacies, each time demanding Oxycontin or Percocet pills at gunpoint.

In the first robbery, which occurred on March 25 at J & J Arrowhead Pharmacy, he received a small quantity of drugs and got away.

A few hours later he attempted to rob Estrella Pharmacy. One of their employees retrieved his handgun and ordered the suspect on the floor. He laid on the floor, but after a brief moment, got up and ran.

About 40 minutes later Johnson allegedly entered a third pharmacy, Melrose Pharmacy. He again pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded narcotics. A customer who was inside the store was able to get help from across the street and two armed citizens confronted the man.

He was detained until police arrived.

Johnson fled from the first two robberies in a black Ford Expedition. Police are looking for his getaway driver. The license plate contains the letters AA and numbers 1, 4, 9, and 0.

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