Man robs Walgreens of drugs at knife point

Matthew Ison, 21
Matthew Ison, 21

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - More than a dozen Montgomery residents are counting their blessings, after a masked man ran into a packed drugstore this weekend, demanding narcotics.

Molly Day of Montgomery went to the Walgreens along Atlanta Highway and Brown Springs Road.  She thought she would run an errand.

"I said, 'I'm going to run over to Walgreens, and I'll be right back,'" Day explained.

Little did she know someone else came to run a robbery.

"I'm thinking, 'Hit the floor! Should I get around a corner and duck?' I didn't know what to do," she said.

Police say Matthew Ison, 21, showed up with a note demanding narcotics.  When workers turned him away, he left for a moment.

Mary Bowen of Montgomery watched from her car while her husband shopped inside the store.

"[Ison] put a green shirt on, and as he's walking back to that door, he put on a mask over his face.  I called my husband and told him to get out," Bowen explained.

"All of a sudden, I saw this guy go by, with something over his head, and I thought, 'Something's wrong,'" Day said.

The second time, Ison was successful, walking out with bottles of pills.  Authorities, however, captured him before he could get away.

"He needs some help, and he needs some help bad," Bowen said.

Police say the man didn't start his day at that Walgreens location.  In fact, just minutes before, he was miles down Atlanta Highway at the Walgreens near Perry Hill Road.

Authorities say Ison slipped a manager a similar note asking for drugs.

"It's very frightening. You don't think about those type of things happening," Day said.

Police tell WSFA 12 News Ison stayed overnight in a local hospital because he swallowed some of the pills he allegedly took from the store.

He'll be charged with at least two counts of robbery.

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