UPDATE: Chattanooga police say Darren Lopaciuk, 53, has been arrested in connection with the Cummings Highway Walmart robbery, Tuesday afternoon. The suspect is currently being held in Dade County waiting to be extradited back to Hamilton County. Lopaciuk faces two counts of aggravated robbery.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) Chattanooga police need your help finding a man they say threatened a pharmacist with a gun.
Customers tell us they fear the man, who's still on the streets, could strike again.
The incident happened around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Walmart on Cummings Highway. Police say the suspect jumped over the counter, told the pharmacist he had a gun, and demanded pills.
He got away -- but police are hoping surveillance video will help land the suspect behind bars.
Walmart customers say it's hard to believe anyone would rob the busy pharmacy in front of dozens of eyewitnesses and surveillance cameras.
"He is dangerous to society," said customer Terry Tate."Makes me feel like there's a bunch of stupid people out here you know... a bunch of dope heads."
Tuesday just after noon, police say the man seen wearing a white baseball hat casually walked through Walmart's front doors.
"Children, women, old women... there are a lot of old people who go here," said Tate.
The suspect ...demanded pills then climbed over the counter telling the pharmacist he had a gun.
"You know that's the kind of people right there who needs to be in prison," said Tate.
Moments later police say the man disappeared in an unknown vehicle with an undisclosed amount of Hydrocodone and Oxycodone pain pills.
"People don't have any morals, the younger generations especially on these pills they way they are. It's an epidemic," said Tate. "He needs to be in prison he needs help."
A spokesperson with Walmart tells Channel 3 safety is their number one priority. They say employees are cooperating with police. They'd like to see this man caught before he strikes again.
"We're thankful no one was hurt.. none of our associates or our customers were hurt in this, we are very thankful for that," said Erin Hofmann, Walmart Spokesperson.
Customers tell us they are on high alert. If you recognize the man seen in the surveillance pictures or have any information that could help call Chattanooga Police.
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