EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWORKERS THREATENED
from Eyewitness News Online
Suspect Brandishes Gun, Demands Prescription Drugs
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons, Darrah Wilcox
Also Contributing: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Feb. 7, 2012 8:57 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 7, 2012 8:12 PM EST
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Jay Pike claims his innocence, "I didn't to anything actually."
However, Cabell County sheriff's deputies say Pike walked in to a Prestera building on Route 60, showed several clients a gun, and allegedly said if doctors didn't give him prescription drugs, he'd start shooting.
Pike told Eyewitness News exclusively that's not how it happened. He says, "I'm a patient there and I already get prescription drugs there. I get them every week there, so why would I try to bring a weapon and demand?"
Deputies say Pike presented a legitimate threat. Chief deputy Doug Ferguson says, "He had what they thought at the time was a hand gun, later turned out to be a BB gun. and made some threats as to harming some individuals there at Prestera if he didn't receive some medication that he'd received there apparently in the past."
Ferguson says it just goes to show how far reaching prescription drug epidemic is. He says, "Obviously this is an indicator of the hold that drugs do have on people. The desperate measures that they go to to obtain them."
Eyewitness News asked Pike why he had the gun."I had I had I had my son's BB gun that I was going to ... (trails off)
It was apparently enough to cause alarm. Ferguson says, "Folks were obviously very fearful at the time when this incident occurred."
Pike tells us, he never planned to use the gun. We asked, "So you didn't want to hurt anybody?" Pike replied, "No not at all".
Deputies caught police on scene. He was passed out in the lobby when they got there. The gun was inside his jacket pocket.
He's charged with attempted armed robbery, attempting to commit a robbery by using threats of deadly force. Bond was set at $50,000.
Cabell County Deputies have arrested a man after he showed up at the Prestera Center in Huntington Tuesday morning with a gun.
Deputies tell Eyewitness News that Jay Pike walked into the center armed with a BB gun and said he was going to kill people if he didn't get prescription pills.
Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident. Pike is charged with attempted robbery.
A man is armed with a handgun inside the Prestera Center on Route 60 in Huntington early Tuesday morning.
Dispatchers say the man is demanding a prescription of some sort. Cabell County Sheriff's Deputies are on the scene at this time.
We have a crew headed there. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News for updates to this developing story.
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