Feds: ‘Extended’ video shows gunman robbing trio of NJ pharmacies for drugs

Three different pharmacies in Elizabeth were robbed of drugs by an Irvington man with the same MO, federal authorities charged.

Charles Johnson, 28, was arrested after investigators reviewed “extensive” surveillance video following the holdups in June and July, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger said.

Johnson took a similar approach each time, including “using a gun, committing the robberies in the morning, demanding that pharmacy workers provide Johnson with oxycodone, promethazine and other drugs on prescription, and threatening to shoot individuals in pharmacies with a firearm,” the U.S. attorney said.

A judge in the U.S. District Court in Newark on Friday, Oct. 21, ordered Johnson to remain in custody on three counts of Hobbs Law robbery and three counts of using, carrying and brandishing weapons. firearm during and in connection with a crime of violence.

Sellinger credited members of the FBI’s Newark Field Office, the Union County District Attorney’s Office, and the Elizabeth Police Department with the investigation that led to the arrest.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica R. Ecker of Sellinger’s General Crimes Unit in Newark is handling the case for the government.

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