UNION TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Bond was set at $250,000 for a suspect who claimed to have an explosive device at the Eastgate CVS.
Nicholas Pasco, 25, is charged with Inducing Panic, Kidnapping, and Aggravated Robbery.
Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, employees of the CVS located at the 900 block of Old State Route 74 called police reporting a robbery. Police say Pasco, of Cincinnati, walked into CVS and started asking for narcotics. Police did not say what sort of narcotics he wanted.
When police arrived, they found that the workers had evacuated the store. Pasco was found inside and told police he was armed with an explosive device.
"The guy could run out here and shoot every one of us, we don't know," said witness Theresa Stringer while the standoff was in progress.
Police blocked off several streets and re-routed traffic to keep people safe.
"We couldn't get home because they had everything shut off. So, we had to pick the little one up at school and try to get home," said Courtney McGeehan, who says traffic was a nightmare and that her daughter's school was on high alert.
After negotiating for about two hours, Pasco came out of the store peacefully, smoking a cigarette.
"Good job by the officers that were handling the negotiation with him," said Lt. Scott Gaviglia of the Union Township Police department. "They were able to win his trust and he surrendered without incident."
Pasco was taken to Clermont Mercy Hospital to be checked out before he was taken to the Clermont County Jail.
Currently, police aren't sure whether or not a bomb was left at the scene. There was a device left at the store, and police used robots to remove it from the scene. Police have not yet said what was the nature of the device.