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On Wednesday night, Parker allegedly pulled out what the clerk thought was a black handgun, but later was found to be a BB gun, and told the female clerk: “Give me the money in the cash register and I will not harm you,” according to the Middletown police report.
The cashier told Parker she couldn’t do that and he repeated: “I do not want to hurt you. Give me the money.”
The clerk handed Parker all the cash, and he said he wanted the larger bills under the drawer. About $280 was stolen, the report said.
During the foot pursuit that followed, a Middletown police officer deployed his taser, but the taser was ineffective because both probes missed the suspect, the report said. Once the subject was caught, he refused to be handcuffed and two “baton strikes” were used to “gain compliance” on him, the report said.
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Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said officers who were chasing Parker believed he was armed, and at times Parker had his hand in his pocket.
Parker was charged with aggravated robbery, a felony, and two misdemeanors, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.
After he was apprehended, he was found to be in possession of the stolen money. Canine officer Bear found a black BB gun near where the suspect was located.