Lexington police have arrested a man who tried to rob a Rite Aid with an alleged bomb strapped to his chest.
Fernando A. Gomez, 25, was charged with first degree robbery, second degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence after he tried to rob a Rite Aid at 2700 Richmond Road, said public information officer Brenna Angel in a news release. The attempted robbery happened at about 10:40 a.m. Monday.
“Store employees told officers that a man entered the store, stated he had a bomb strapped to his chest, and demanded money from the registers,” Angel said. “The employee did not believe the suspect and refused his demands. While running from the store, the suspect grabbed a purse from a female customer who was walking through the parking lot. He continued running down Patchen Drive.”
Gomez was ultimately found behind a business on Gribbin Drive and arrested. He was not wearing a bomb or any bomb-making materials, police said.
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