BOWLING GREEN — Law enforcement officials have apprehended a Bowling Green man suspected of robbing a pharmacy on the campus of Wood County Hospital Monday morning.
Matthew Stoughton, 26, of 611 N. Prospect, Bowling Green, was taken into custody by Wood County Sheriff’s deputies at 5:57 p.m. in the area of Kahler and Bradner roads, about 2½ hours after a massive search of that area for Stoughton was called off.
According to the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune, Stoughton was apprehended after authorities were notified by a citizen who saw a shirtless man in a ditch in that area.
The robbery occurred at 9:22 a.m. Monday at Jaks Public Pharmacy, Wood County Hospital, 950 W Wooster St., according to police reports. Police say the suspect entered the pharmacy Monday morning, showed a gun and demanded morphine.
Stoughton was known as a regular customer of the pharmacy, according to Deputy Chief Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police Department.
His vehicle was located by police at his residence. Police were attempting to obtain a search warrant when Stoughton left his residence and drove away.
Police say he drove at high rates of speed north on U.S. 23 to the edge of Pemberville, then south on Bradner Road to Kahler Road. He eventually crashed the vehicle at 10:32 a.m., and then fled on foot into a nearby cornfield. Law enforcement officials surrounded the field and used dogs, an airplane and a helicopter to search the area. The search was called off at about 3:20 p.m., without the suspect being located.
Fostoria officer Don Dennis and his K-9 partner Marley participated in the search for Staughton.
Also assisting in the search were the Wood County and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office special response team, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the patrol’s aviation unit, the Monroe County (Michigan) Sheriff’s Office aviation unit and K-9 units from the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon and Woodville police departments.
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