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Kingsport man charged with Johnson City Walgreen's armed robbery; had been charged in 2 Kingsport drug heists

Johnson City Press • Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 7:10 PM

Johnson City police have identified a man they say robbed the Boones Creek Walgreen’s on Monday while armed with a gun.

Sgt. Don Shepard reported Wednesday that an aggravated robbery charge would be placed against Christopher J. Fox, 30, 514 Stapleton Drive, Kingsport, who also was charged with robbing a Kingsport pharmacy twice this summer.

The Boones Creek robbery occurred around 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Walgreen’s at the corner of Carroll Creek Road and North Roan Street. 

Shepard said Fox entered the pharmacy wearing scrubs and a surgical mask, pulled up his shirt and showed the pharmacy staff a gun in his waistband. Shepard said he demanded prescription drugs. The employees complied, and Fox fled through the front entrance.

Police said Fox was found a short distance from the Walgreen’s, and that before he was caught, Fox ingested an unknown quantity of pills. He was admitted to Johnson City Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.

Police obtained a warrant charging Fox, which will be served upon his release from the Johnson City Medical Center. He will be charged with aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

In August, Fox was arrested following a robbery at a Kingsport CVS on West Stone Drive, where police say entered the store covered in a calamine lotion disguise then tried to escape in a taxi. Fox was arrested in a parking lot across the street from the store, where a cab driver had been summoned to meet him. Police said Fox also placed a bomb threat with the Kingsport Town Center just prior to the incident, apparently an attempt to divert law enforcement attention.

Police said Fox had robbed that same pharmacy in May. They said he handed pharmacy personnel a note. It reportedly threatened that he was armed and demanded specific prescription medication. Employees met his demands, and he fled with an undisclosed type and quantity of narcotics. After surveillance images were released, police received tips leading to his arrest in the first robbery.

There was no indication the latest Walgreen’s robbery was connected to two others in Johnson City in September, Shepard said.

On Sept. 8, police said a man tried to rob the Walgreens Pharmacy located at 2104 Bobby Hicks Highway in Gray of drugs and clubbed a pharmacy technician with a gun.

About 9:10 p.m. that day, a lone white man entered the pharmacy, showed a gun and tried to rob the employees demanding various narcotics. The man fled the pharmacy on foot without obtaining any narcotics and assaulted the pharmacy technician by hitting his head with the pistol. The pharmacist received injuries that required further treatment from a local medical facility.

According to a police report, pharmacy tech Tim Anderson told police the man jumped the counter and demanded “Oxys.” Anderson told the would-be robber he didn't have access to the medication, which apparently angered the man. He then struck Anderson’s head with the handgun, causing several lacerations.

Witnesses reported the man jumped the pharmacy counter again, then ran out of the store heading east toward Sid Martin Road. Another witness told police the man got in a silver four-door car and left, possibly heading north on Old Gray Station Road.

He apparently left the pharmacy without taking anything.

The man is described as between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing between 160 and 180 pounds and wearing khaki colored shorts, a black T-shirt, a khaki colored camouflage “boonie” hat and a black backpack. He had a blondish goatee and wore black-rimmed glasses. He had a tattoo of a cross on his outer left leg calf area.

On Sept. 14, around 9 p.m., a man walked into the Walgreens at 429 N. State of Franklin Road, showed a gun and demanded drugs. He left after the staff handed over some drugs.

The robber was described as standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds, and wearing sunglasses, khaki pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, a dark backpack and a multicolor bucket-style hat. The witnesses described a tattoo of some sort on the side of the man’s neck.

The Johnson City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division is seeking information regarding either robbery. Anyone having information is asked to call (423) 434-6166 or to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 434-6158. To send a confidential tip, text 423JCPD and the tip to 847411 (TIP411) or visit www.citizenobserver.com. Messages can also be sent via the Johnson City Police Department’s website http://www.johnsoncitytn.org/police/cid/.

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