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Suspect in Walgreens robbery indicted in federal court

March 15th, 2014 7:52 pm by Matthew Lane

Suspect in Walgreens robbery indicted in federal court

GREENEVILLE — A Rogersville man who attempted to rob a Walgreens pharmacy in October has been indicted on federal gun and robbery charges.

A three-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Greeneville this week charges Vincent H. Dennis of Rogersville with armed robbery, the use of a firearm during a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the Kingsport Police Department, Dennis walked to the Walgreens on West Stone Drive around 10:30 on Oct 29, requested a pen and paper from an employee and scribbled a note demanding drugs.

Police were originally advised of an "unknown problem" at the Walgreens, but while officers were en route to the scene, dispatch advised the incident was a robbery in progress.

A responding officer reports entering through the front door and moving along a side wall to the pharmacy area, located at the back of the building. Dennis was spotted standing by the pharmacy, according to the report, and was given commands to put up his hands.

Dennis allegedly ignored the officer, turned and walked away. Police say that's when Dennis was confronted by a second officer coming from the other direction, prompting him to "sit down in a chair in the pharmacy." He was then taken into custody.

An arrest report says his robbery note — which read "I want all your schedule 2" — was located in the same chair, while a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver was found in his right front jacket pocket.

A court date has not been scheduled.

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