MANCHESTER - A pharmacy clerk says he tried to bluff a woman into thinking he had a gun behind the counter until he says she pulled out a gun and pointed it at an elderly customer.
Paul Bissonnette, 37, a clerk at Ken's Pharmacy at 36 Elm St., said the woman was frantic and appeared to be high on drugs when she entered the store Wednesday about 11 a.m., demanding drugs.
At first, Paul Bissonnette did not believe the robber was armed. He said in a telephone call with the New Hampshire Union Leader there was no gun behind the counter and that he was just trying to bluff the woman.
That is until the robber pulled out a gun and pointed it at Edmond George, an 84-year-old customer from Bedford.
Another customer, Thomas Farrell, 50, of Manchester, who was close enough to realize the weapon was a pellet gun, tackled the woman and then Bissonnette helped him detain her, according to Manchester Police Lt. Maureen Tessier.
Police identified the woman as Nicole Chase, 30, of 31 Dionne Drive, who was detained by the customer and clerk until police arrived.
Police, in their account of the robbery, indicated Bissonnette had a gun behind the counter.
Police said Chase handed Bissonnette a note that demanded Percocet, but Bissonnette said he never read it. He said she allegedly demanded Oxycontin, specifically in the 30-milligram dose, and that is what he gave her.
Chase was arraigned Thursday morning in 9th Circuit Court, Manchester District Division. She is being detained on $25,000 cash/surety bail, pending a May 8 probable cause hearing.