UPDATE: Kmart Armed Robbery Suspect Apologizes on Camera

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UPDATE 5/2/13 @ 9 p.m.
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Our cameras are often shunned by suspects, but Thursday an armed robbery suspect treated the camera as a confessional.

"I've battled this addiction all my life,” Timothy Campbell told WSAZ.com while he was being arraigned. “I can't overcome it. I left rehab and ended up doing this."

Deputies say about 2:30 p.m., 64-year-old Campbell from Alkol in Boone County told a clerk in the pharmacy in the Kmart on Route 60, "I will shoot you if you don't give me pills."

"This addiction is the most horrible thing that can happen to a person,” Campbell said at the Cabell County Courthouse. “Honest to God I wouldn't have hurt anyone."

According to the criminal complaint, after the clerk gave him 510 alprazolam and 250 hydrocodone pills, Campbell ran behind the store, over a hill, and into a neighborhood. Law enforcement caught up and arrested him nearby in the woods behind Nathaniel Stroud's house on Alternate Route 10.

"I'd have never thought in a million years I'd get a call that police are chasing for an armed gunman literally in my back yard," Stroud said.

"I don't understand why I do these things,” Campbell said. “It's just the most awful thing you've ever been through. You wouldn't know unless you were in my shoes, and I apologize from the deepest depths of my heart."

Campbell also says he committed robberies in the year 2000.

Deputies say he didn't actually have a weapon on him when he made the robbery Thursday.

Campbell was taken to the Western Regional Jail. His bond was set at $100,000 cash-only.



ORIGINAL STORY
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A brazen armed robbery suspect is behind bars after he led police on a chase through the woods.

Cabell County Sheriff’s deputies say a man went into the K-Mart on Route 60 in Barboursville about 2:40 Thursday afternoon and demanded pills from the pharmacy.

Deputies say he told workers he had a weapon.

According to the criminal complaint, the suspect, Timothy Campbell, 49, then ran off into the woods behind the store.

Several police agencies responded trying to track him down.

They eventually caught up with him nearby in the woods behind a house on Alternate Route 10 and arrested him.

While he was being arraigned at the Cabell County Courthouse Thursday afternoon, Campbell admitted to WSAZ.com that he was guilty.

"I’m truly sorry for all this,” Campbell said. “Drug addiction is the most terrible thing to ever afflict this earth.”

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