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Pharmacy employee tackles armed robber

A Coeur d’Alene pharmacy employee tackled a masked armed robber and held him for police Wednesday night.

Jason Anthony Wahl, 28, will appear in Kootenai County District Court this afternoon after police arrested him at the Shopko pharmacy, 217 W. Ironwood Drive.

Wahl is accused of trying to rob the pharmacy of prescription medication just before 9 p.m.

When police arrived, an employee was on top of the robber struggling to get control of the handgun, said Sgt. Christie Wood.

Wahl had been tackled while trying to run from the store with drugs, police said. Wood declined to name the drug but said it wasn’t OxyContin.

After his arrest, Wahl appeared to have a seizure, but medics checked him and said he was OK, Wood said. He was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, then to Kootenai County Jail.

Wahl told officers he lives in Lewiston, Wood said. A jail booking sheet lists his as address being in Pomeroy, Wash.

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