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Shopko employee tackles armed robber

Thu., Nov. 19, 2009, 11:30 a.m.

Police arrive during struggle and arrest Lewiston man

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 Wahl struggling to get control of a handgun, said Sgt. Christie Wood.

Wahl had been tackled while trying to run from the store with drugs, police said.

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 police he lives in Lewiston. A jail booking sheet lists his address as being in Pomeroy, Wash.

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