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Central Point robber escapes on crutches

CENTRAL POINT — An armed man on crutches seeking narcotics robbed a pharmacy in downtown Central Point on Friday evening, police said.

The man entered Pharmacy Express, which shares the same building with Ray's Food Place on Pine Street, just after 6 p.m. and brandished a semi-automatic handgun, said Central Point Police Lt. Chuck Newell.

"He ordered the two patrons inside and the employees to put their hands up," Newell said. "He then demanded that the employees give him narcotics."

After the clerks handed over the drugs, the man fled the pharmacy with the aid of metal crutches, Newell said.

Central Point police called in a search dog from Medford police but were unable to track the man. It is unknown if he used a getaway car, Newell said.

Police spent Thursday evening looking at surveillance tapes of businesses in the area hoping to catch a glimpse of the suspect, Newell said.

The man is described as white and in his mid-20s. He is approximately 6 feet tall and weighs between 160 and 180 pounds. He wore a grey hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and dark baggy pants.

While the fact he was on crutches during the hold-up is bizarre, it could help police catch the robber.

"The crutches may have been a prop, or the man may have been injured and needed the narcotics," Newell said.

"We are asking an pharmacies in the area to contact us if they've had problems with a man on crutches demanding narcotics from them."

Anyone with information is asked to call Central Point Police Detective Brian Rey at 664-5578.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.