California man robbed NW Side pharmacy of pills, cash: Chicago police report

Tyler Johnson | Cook County sheriff’s office; Google

CHICAGO — A California man and a 17-year-old boy robbed a Portage Park pharmacy of prescription drugs and cash, but Chicago cops arrived before they left the store, officials said.

Judge William Fahy ordered Tyler Johnson, 18, of Sacramento, detained as a public safety risk Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson and his accomplice entered Walgreens, 4343 North Central, just before 7 p.m. last Sunday, police say. When they reached the pharmacy, Johnson grabbed a pharmacy technician by the neck and threatened to kill them while indicating he had a weapon, according to a Chicago police arrest report.

“Don’t make a sound, or I’ll kill you,” Johnson allegedly warned the workers.

Johnson and the teen held four pharmacy employees at bay while taking 58 bottles of prescription drugs from a safe and cash from the register, according to prosecutors.

But cops arrived quickly, took Johnson and the boy into custody, and confiscated a bandana face mask and pillowcase the pair allegedly used.

Prosecutors charged Johnson with aggravated robbery and four counts of unlawful restraint.

Johnson, who remains in the Cook County jail, is due in court on Tuesday.

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