1 arrested at gunpoint after armed robbery at Port Hope pharmacy: police

Port Hope police say a man was in possession of weapons following an armed robbery at a pharmacy on Oct. 18, 2022. He was arrested following a short pursuit by vehicle and foot. Port Hope Police Service

Police say one person was arrested following an armed robbery at a pharmacy in Port Hope, Ont., on Tuesday morning.

According to Port Hope Police Service chief Bryant Wood, around 10 a.m., officers responded to a report of a potential armed robbery at the Port Hope Guardian Pharmacy on Toronto Road in the town’s north end.

Police say the suspect brandished a firearm and demanded pharmaceutical narcotics along with money from the cash register and safe.

Wood said a detective saw the suspect leave the building and get into a vehicle and a short pursuit ensued.

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“The individual tried to evade police by putting his car into the ditch but he couldn’t drive it any further,” said Wood. “He exited and a foot pursuit ensued.”

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Port Hope police say this vehicle crashed into a ditch as a suspect attempted to evade officers following a reported robbery at a pharmacy on Oct. 18, 2022. Austin Brettell/Special to Global News Peterborough

Officers were able to arrest the suspect at gunpoint in a nearby cemetery, Wood said.

The man was found in possession of a firearm and a large knife.

No injuries were reported.

On Tuesday afternoon, police reported Royon Henry-McLean, 20, of the Scarborough-Ajax area, was charged with several weapon and drug offences.

– More to come.

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