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Customer swings cane at armed robbery suspect

Marion Mitchum. Source (NCPD) Marion Mitchum. Source (NCPD)
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

An armed man who police say attempted to rob a Rite Aid pharmacy got more than he bargained for when a customer jumped into action to help two pharmacists.

North Charleston police say 40-year-old Marion Garner Mitchum III was charged with attempted armed robbery relating to an incident on Monday at 2:40 p.m. at Rite Aid on Remount Road.

According to a report, Mitchum, wielding a hunting knife, jumped over the pharmacy counter at Rite Aid and demanded Oxycontin and Oxycodone pills from two pharmacists.

Both pharmacists told Mitchum they could not get access to the pills.

Police say a customer in the store who heard Mitchum yelling at the two employees picked up a walking cane and told the man to leave the store.

The report states that Mitchum jumped back over the counter and approached the customer, asking him, "You want to do something?" Police say the customer began swinging the cane at the suspect, who then ran out of the store.

Police were able to track down the suspect after employees were able to get the license plate number off his getaway vehicle.

Moments later the vehicle was spotted at a residence on Allison Drive. The owner of the vehicle said he gave Mitchum, his neighbor, a ride to the store because he said he needed poison ivy cream. The driver said when Mitchum ran out the store, he told him it was because his ex-wife was in there giving him trouble.

Police were then able to locate Mitchum. A surveillance video and a witness line-up form was used to identify him as the suspect.

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