LINDEN – Police arrested a city man last week for allegedly attempting to rob a drug store with a hose-nozzle that employees thought was a gun.
Officers responded to a report of a robbery at Walgreen’s on 22 East St. Georges Avenue at 1:20 p.m. on June 11. A store employee told the officers that a man walked up to the cash register, placed a silver object on the counter and said “give me something.” The cashier yelled “gun,” and the suspect picked up the object and fled the store, police said.
Police officers viewed the surveillance tape and broadcast a description of the suspect. Several minutes later, Police Officers Gary Hickman and Piotr Matlosz stopped an individual in the Delta Gas Station parking lot at 2 West St. Georges Avenue who closely fit the description.
Police arrested Kercy Pierre, 35, who was positively identified by the cashier as the suspect who attempted the robbery, authorities said.
Pierre was charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a weapon, police said. He was in possession of a silver-plated air-hose nozzle, which could resemble a small handgun, according to authorities.
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