AUGUSTA — A standoff between police and a man who reportedly robbed a city pharmacy and then barricaded himself in the bathroom ended peacefully this evening.

Augusta Police Lt. Christopher Massey said the 19-year-old man was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta to recieve medical clearance before being criminally charged.

Massey withheld the man’s name until the charges were filed. Massey said nobody was injured during the robbery and ensuing standoff.

The robbery occurred around 5 p.m. when the man walked into the Rite Aid at 2007 North Belfast Avenue and demanded prescription medication. The man did not have a weapon, Massey said.

He was given drugs and then ran to the store’s bathroom and barricaded himself inside, Massey said.

“He indicated he had chemicals and would blow the place up,” Massey said.

Augusta Police and Fire/Rescue converged on the store. Police evacated the building of its customers and employees, Massey said. Police consulted with officers from the Augusta Police Special Response Team and the Maine State Police Tactical Team, Massey said.

“Based on the evidence we determined he did not have any chemicals,” Massey said.

Police broke into the bathroom and took the man into custody without incident, Massey said.

The man was expected to be charged later this evening.


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