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Man charged after attempted robbery at Walgreens

The robbery happened at the Hurricane Walgreens where police were able to stop the man before...
The robbery happened at the Hurricane Walgreens where police were able to stop the man before leaving the store.(Kim Rafferty)
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 12:22 PM EST
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An attempted robbery at the Walgreens in Hurricane ended with one man in handcuffs.

Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards says Walgreens called 911 to report a robbery in progress at their Hurricane store just after 9:30 a.m. Monday. He says within 60-90 seconds, the first Hurricane police officer arrived to the store.

“What had happened, he had went into the pharmacy with a note and demanded OxyContin Xanax with a note threatening to shoot people.” said Mayor Edwards. “There was no gun present thank goodness but he did threaten to shoot people. He grabbed an instrument they use in the pharmacy and threatened to stab people so he wanted the medicine bad.”

It was as the suspect was trying to leave the store that he was stopped at gunpoint by police and then taken into custody by additional officers getting on scene.

Joseph McGranahan, 39, of Ashland, Ky. is being charged with armed robbery, assault on a police officer, and assault on four employees. He is also wanted for a parole violation in Kentucky.

“I’m thankful for how the Walgreens employees handled this very stressful situation and thankful for the quick response and actions of the Hurricane police officers,” Edwards said.

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