Police arrest attempted pharmacy robber in East Ridge

EAST RIDGE, Tennessee (WDEF) -A man suspected of trying to rob an East Ridge pharmacy has been arrested.

The owner of the pharmacy says by the grace of God nothing happened. He is proud of how his employee handled the situation.

Melanie Reynolds is a clerk at Rapid RX on Ringgold Road in East Ridge. She’s work there for ten years. On Monday morning, she says she had a scary experience and police responded.

“A young black male came into the store, handed me a little cardboard note and basically the note stated that he had a gun and this was a robbery and that he wanted Percocet and Oxycodone,” Reynolds said.

A lot was going through her mind.

“My initial thought was you don’t want to do this buddy. This is not what you want to do in life,” Reynolds said.

She then tried to talk him out of it.

“I just kept looking at him in the eye and saying you don’t want to do this and by the grace of God he didn’t do it and he left,” Reynolds said.

East Ridge Police say the suspect walked out without taking anything. They say it appears the man, along with other people, were arrested in Chattanooga for other robberies.

Reynolds is pleased with the outcome, but says it could have been really bad.

“It could have been people shot. It could have been him shot. It could have been me shot. It could have been any of us here shot,” she said.

As Reynolds helped out other customers throughout the day, she was thankful.

“We all have families and children and thank God. We are a family here and can’t imagine not going home to my kids,” she said.

Police have not released the name of the suspect.

Categories: Chattanooga, East Ridge, Local News

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