Bellmore - (WALK) In this case, a Long Island druggist determined the proper prescription was a shot.
A Freeport man is in police custody today and being held on $250,000 bail, after his arrest and arraignment for allegedly robbing a drug store and threatening to kill a pharmacist in Bellmore Friday.
Prosecutors say Marc Gumpert, 43, of Miller Avenue, Freeport, robbed Precision Pharmacy on Merrick Road at about 3:30 p.m. Friday, leaving with a quantity of the stimulant Ritalin and the painkiller Dilaudid. When Gumpert left the store, the 34 year old pharmacist activated a silent alarm, picked up a licensed handgun, and followed him.
Gumpert tried to dissuade the druggist from giving chase by pulling a knife and threatening to kill him. The pharmacist then fired a shot that struck the pavement then ricocheted into a tire on the robber's car. Gumpert was arrested not far from the scene, according to police.
Gumpert was arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead Saturday morning and charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. He was first represented by a public defender, but was ordered to pay for his own attorney when he told the court he makes $48,000 per-year working in the insurance industry.
Gumpert reportedly has a criminal history, including arrests for robbery and grand larceny, and for cases in California and Georgia also involving robbery, drugs and weapons charges.