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Published: Tuesday, 7/1/2014

Suspect in pharmacy robbery ran into field

Armed man in B.G. demanded drugs


BOWLING GREEN — Authorities apprehended a man suspected in an armed robbery of a Bowling Green pharmacy Monday after scouring a cornfield.

Bowling Green police said Matthew Stoughton entered Jaks Public Pharmacy in the Wood County Hospital Medical Office Building about 9:15 a.m. Monday with a gun. He demanded prescription drugs and left.

Soon after, police saw Mr. Stoughton and tried to stop his vehicle. Police pursued the vehicle to Eisenhour and Bradner roads near Pemberville, where the suspect’s vehicle crashed and he ran into a large cornfield.

The suspect was apprehended near Kahler and Bradner roads by the Wood County Sheriff’s Office more than an hour after officials called off the search, according to a news release from the Bowling Green police.

A search among the eye-high corn plants initially failed to find the man, Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn said. An Ohio Highway Patrol airplane assisted with the search, and a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office helicopter flew over the area.

Police said Mr. Stoughton would be taken to the Wood County jail, but did not release his age or address.

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