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Hamilton pharmacy robber appears in court

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HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A suspect who robbed a Hamilton pharmacy, then caused a lock down at the government services building appeared in court Thursday.

Police say Donald Lee Johnson, 26, of Oxford, robbed the Community First Pharmacy on South Second Street just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police say he displayed a handgun and got away with several narcotics and cash.

Johnson was arraigned Thursday, and had his bond set at $200,000. He will be back in court Dec. 17.

"The pharmacist was physically standing in the doorway trying to prevent him from coming in, but once he showed that gun... the pharmacist really had no choice but to let him in, " said David Mancuso of the Community First Pharmacy.

The suspect then fled to the government services building, prompting a lock down. Police searched the building, but could not find him.

"The told me that the building was on lock down, and that I had to stay up on the 8th floor, that we couldn't leave the building," said Mae Sweet, a custodial worker at the building.
Sweet says she found prescriptions pill bottles in the trash can while cleaning the men's bathroom.
"I found a whole punch of white prescription bottles down in the garbage can, and I took them over to the deputies," Sweet said.
Sweet also found a jacket in this women's bathroom on the first floor, she immediately turned the pill bottles and clothes overt to police.
"So, I took the bag out because I didn't want to touch the jacket, so I took it out and gave it to the deputy," Sweet said.

According to police, Johnson was arrested by officers who spotted him walking down Pleasant Avenue in Lindenwald around 5:15 pm Wednesday evening.

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