ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA - A pharmacy owner foiled a robbery attempt by a 26-
year-old man who was trying to get morphine from the store.
Richard Foster James, of 40 Coleman Ave., was charged with
attempted common law robbery for the Thursday morning hold-up of Lord's Drug Store on Merrimon Avenue.
According to a police report, the owner of the store was able to
detain the would-be robber, instructing him to sit on the floor until
The man entered the store shortly before 11 a.m. and handed the
owner a note that read: "1 liquid bottle of morphine or everyone gets the sever consequnice!"
The suspect also told the victim to set off no alarms, according to
Seeing that the man had no visible weapon, the owner grabbed his own
gun. He showed it to the suspect and convinced him to sit on the floor
until police arrived. Asheville police later arrested the man without
A police warrant indicates that James is either an employee or student at UNCA. He is being held at the Buncombe County jail on $5,000
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