Bellefonte police: Man arrested after armed robbery attempt at pharmacy

A Bellefonte man robbed a downtown pharmacy at gunpoint Friday morning but got flustered and left empty-handed when employees said they didn’t have the drugs he was looking for, according to police.

Joshua Fagan, 31, was caught minutes later just a few blocks away, Bellefonte police said Friday afternoon.

Fagan is accused of walking into Parrish Apothecary Shop on North Allegheny Street, brandishing a handgun and demanding prescription narcotics.

Police said when the shop manager said he didn’t carry the pills Fagan was looking for, the man chambered a round in the weapon, pointed the gun at store employees and accused the manager of lying.

Fagan then asked for two different types of narcotics, but the manager said the shop didn’t carry those, either. Fagan apparently became flustered and fled the store, police said.

He was found a short distance from the store minutes after the robbery. Police said he was in possession of a loaded pistol.

There were three employees and a customer in the store at the time of the robbery. No one was injured.

Fagan was charged with armed robbery and related offenses, police said.

Spring Township and state police at Rockview assisted, responding within minutes of the reported robbery, police said.