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Posted at 6:34 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Police: Robbery suspect used sword in attempt

By The News & Advance

Police have arrested a man accused of trying to rob a Lynchburg pharmacy twice in the same day -- once while wielding a sword.

Lynchburg police arrested 27-year-old Michael Edward Towler and charged him with robbery, brandishing a weapon and attempted robbery.

Pharmacist Michael Robertson says Towler tried to rob the pharmacy Wednesday morning, but Robertson told him they had set off an alarm and police were on their way so the man fled.

Robertson says Towler returned later that day in a lime-green raincoat, drew a samurai-style, 3-foot-long sword and got away with an undisclosed amount of narcotics. He was arrested later at his home.

It was unclear Thursday evening if Towler had an attorney.

By The News & Advance  | March 11, 2011; 6:34 AM ET
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Towler undoubtedly is a gun-control freak ...

Posted by: clitteigh | March 11, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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