When a man at Crone's Drug Store said he was robbing the downtown Warren business early Monday afternoon, the owner took action.
"He said, 'I'm robbing you, I'm desperate,'" Crone's owner Chris Darling said.
According to police, the suspect is Ryan Chandler Bodecker, 22, of Port Allegany.
Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Crone’s Drug Store owner Chris Darling, left, points out the last known location of a robbery suspect to Patrolman Tim Rook of the City of Warren Police Department. Also pictured is a man who allowed Darling to borrow his phone to call police.
Bodecker allegedly demanded morphine pills and syringes.
Darling said he never saw a weapon.
According to police documents, Darling tried to reason with the robber. The suspect said, "No, I'm robbing you," Darling told police. After repeated threats, Darling gave him two 100 mg morphine pills and a packet of syringes.
"The defendant took the items and ran from the store," according to police reports.
Darling said he pushed the "panic button" and "I followed him out of the store."
According to the police report, Darling maintained a "safe distance" from the suspect.
"At one point, the defendant turned at the victim placing his hand behind his back as if going for a weapon," the police report said. He told Darling to "stop following me."
"He told me to get back," Darling said.
The man ran past Warren Public Library where he took off his high-visibility yellow jacket and tossed it aside.
Darling said he picked up the jacket and continued the pursuit.
Near Second Avenue and East Street, Darling borrowed a cell phone and called police. He gave them his location and a description of the suspect.
The suspect had left the street and was in the back yards of houses in the area.
As officers arrived, Darling, holding the suspect's jacket, pointed them in the direction he had last seen the suspect.
The police report indicates the suspect took refuge in a garage in the back yard of 108 East St..
At about 1:05 p.m., the suspect was brought out of the garage.
"He was taken into custody without incident after a short pursuit," City of Warren Police Chief Raymond Zydonik said.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office, Conewango Township Police, and Pennsylvania State Police also responded to the pursuit.
Bodecker was arraigned before District Justice Glenn Carlson on charges of robbery, criminal trespass, two counts of theft by unlawful taking, and two counts of possession of controlled substances. Carlson said the first two charges, both felonies, carry maximum penalties of seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Carlson set bail at $75,000 and Bodecker was taken to Warren County Jail.
Although his pursuit of the accused robber led to Bodecker's arrest, Darling offered this advice to others in the situation: "I don't recommend it."