Arrest made in 2016 snowmobile-escape robbery with violence

A man who allegedly stole drugs from a Lewisporte pharmacy, assaulted an employee and fled on a snowmobile in 2016 has been caught, according to police.

RCMP have arrested and charged a 26-year-old Clarenville man in connection to a robbery in March 2016 at the PharmaChoice in Lewisporte.

Police said Friday that an employee of the store was assaulted on his way out the door, and was forced back inside where the accused demanded a large amount of prescription medication.

At the time of the incident, police said the man was armed with a gun. Although no shots were fired, the 61-year-old pharmacy employee was brought to hospital with cuts and bruises.

The Clarenville man was scheduled to appear in provincial court on Friday. He's facing charges of robbery with violence and trafficking of a controlled substance.