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Wood County pharmacy robbery suspect in custody

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Matthew Stoughton (Source: Bowling Green Police) Matthew Stoughton (Source: Bowling Green Police)
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A man police say robbed a Bowling Green pharmacy at gunpoint and then eluded arrest for more than seven hours has been arrested, according to the Wood County Sheriff's Office.

Police say Matthew Stoughton entered the Jack's Pharmacy at Wood County Hospital on Monday, showed a gun and demanded morphine. Police later identified Stoughton's vehicle and attempted to pull him over. They say Stoughton fled, and a chase ensued.

According to Bowling Green Police, Stoughton exited his vehicle at the intersection of Bradner Road to Kahler Road just outside Pemberville.

Police say Stoughton ran into a corn field near the intersection. Officers set up a perimeter around the field and called in search dogs, an airplane and helicopter to aid in the search.

"We had every reason to believe he has a gun on him and is high on drugs, so there's a high probability that he would use that gun," explained Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.

That's why they had to use caution. Numerous police agencies assisted in the search.

"Working together is essential in a time like this because we're dealing with a person that we believe is armed and very dangerous," the sheriff said. "We needed that manpower and everybody stepped up to the plate."

After hours of looking, officials announced they were calling off the search - but they didn't leave.

"It worked," Wasylyshyn said. "We acted like we left, but we really didn't. So when a neighbor called and saw him walking through the field, we were able to be right there."

Stoughton was taken into custody just before 6 p.m. Officials say he did not have a gun on him at that time, but they hope this will remind everyone how important it is to be alert.

"Certainly this person is a drug addict," the sheriff said. "They're going to do everything they can to get that next hit of drugs, so really, regardless of where you live, you need to be aware of your surroundings."

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