A Salt Lake City man was charged in 3rd District Court on Wednesday with first-degree felony aggravated robbery and five other criminal counts in relation to a pharmacy holdup that occurred Oct. 4 in Millcreek.
The man jumped over a fence, then entered the Millcreek Pharmacy at 1260 Vine St., employees told police. He first asked for laxatives, then showed a clerk a gun in his waistband and told the man he was being robbed.
The clerk countered by pulling his own gun. The robber then ran from the store, with the clerk in pursuit.
Police later found the alleged robber and his vehicle. Inside, they found the gun, a holster, an unopened box of laxatives, needles, Q-tips and a spoon.
The man was arrested and is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail. In addition to his robbery charges, he faces a firearm possession count, a failure to respond to officers' signal to stop count, a drug possession count, a failure to stop at a red light count and an intoxication count.
If convicted on all charges, he could spend both jail time and up to 15 years in prison.