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The hunt for a man wanted for the armed robbery of a Lancaster pharmacy ended with his arrest on unrelated charges by North Carolina authorities last weekend.
Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said Richard Wayne Jackson Jr., 35, of Rock Hill, who was developed as a suspect in the Sept. 4 armed robbery of Walgreens, at 1101 S.C. 9 Bypass West, was arrested by the N.C. Highway Patrol on separate criminal charges.
“We have warrants on him for the armed robbery, but he’s still up in North Carolina right now,” Grant said Tuesday, Sept. 10.
Lancaster police investigators presented information to a municipal judge and subsequently issued warrants charging Jackson with armed robbery and possession of a firearm during commission of a violent crime, per a police department news release.
According to a Sept. 4 Lancaster Police Department incident report, a man walked into the Walgreens just before 7 p.m., approached the pharmacy counter and demanded specific drugs by name – “Hydrocodone, Xanax, Diazepam and Klonopin.”
While the suspect didn’t produce a weapon at the time, the report said he told the clerk, “I want it all now,” and pulled up the front of his sweatshirt to show something in the waistband of his pants. The clerk gave the suspect a bag containing several undisclosed items after he told employees, “Time is up.”
Though the pharmacy clerk never saw a gun, the report said the suspect pointed a pistol in an employee’s face after the employee confronted a suspect near the front door as he was leaving. The suspect drove out of the parking lot south on Gillsbrook Road in a gray or tan Toyota, before turning onto Plantation Road.
Police officers then responded to the store to interview witnesses and search the scene.
Grant said unrelated criminal events in York County and Iredell County, N.C. led to Jackson’s arrest
“I don’t know all the details or other charges,” Grant said. “From what I know, he was arrested by the North Carolina Highway Patrol and both they and the York County Sheriff’s Office now have charges on him.”
Jackson will be eventually returned to Lancaster to face his charges for the armed robbery.
“Once he gets done in North Carolina, either York County or us will initiate extradition proceedings, but we’re both waiting on him until North Carolina is done with him,” Grant said. “We’ll get our crack at him eventually, though, whether that’s in a week or a month, it’s hard to tell. That state line makes a big difference. If he waives extradition, that makes it easier to bring him here, but he could also fight it. We don’t know.”
Calls to the North Carolina Highway Patrol regarding Jackson’s exact charges were not returned by The Lancaster News’ deadline Tuesday.
Jackson’s charges in York County were also unclear Tuesday, though he did plead guilty on Aug. 7 before a York County General Sessions judge to two counts of shoplifting $2,000 or less, according to the S.C. Judicial Department online case database.
Per court records, he received a 10-year suspended sentence upon the completion of 89 days in jail, which he had already served, and the condition that he serve one year of probation.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416