WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A man who has reportedly robbed a pharmacy in Philadelphia was revealed to have handed the pharmacy clerk with a note demanding money for his sick child.
- According to statements from the Philadelphia police, no weapon was presented during the robbery and that no one was injured.
- Police haven’t identified the suspect yet who was described as a black man between ages 30 and 40, less than 6 foot tall with facial hair.
A man from Philadelphia who allegedly robbed a pharmacy gave the store clerk a demand note pleading for money for his sick child, Philadelphia police reported.
The suspect was seen in the video released by the police wearing a gray hoodie and dark gloves as he entered a Rite Aid store on January 3 looking like he was going to buy something.
Though he took an item when he approached the register, the man handed a note to the store employee that partly said: “Give me all the money. I’m sorry, I have a sick child. You have 15 seconds,” according to police reports.
Calmly, the clerk opened the register and brought out an undetermined amount of money which he placed in the man’s shopping bag. The man then stuffed the bag in his pockets and fled the store on foot.
Philadelphia Police Officer Tanya Little told CNN that the man did not show a weapon to the clerk during the robbery and that no one was injured during the incident. They are also asking for help in identifying the suspect who is described as a black man, less than 6 feet tall, between ages 30 and 40 years old with facial hair.
“We certainly understand that people have needs. That’s just not the way to go about fulfilling those needs,” said Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.
He also told CBS that if the man surrenders in the act of apparent desperation, there could be help given to him and his family.
Kinebrew added saying, “There may be some specialized services for this individual and his family that he could be in need of too. Unfortunately, the only way at this point he may be able to get them is if he comes in and sees us.”