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October 10, 2012

Police: Gunman identified from newspaper photo

Tip leads to charges against man in CVS robbery

HAVERHILL — A photo appearing in The Eagle-Tribune last week led to the arrest of a man who robbed a CVS at gunpoint, police said.

Police arrested Richard Kennedy, 41, of 10 Varnum St, Apt. 2, and charged him with armed robbery while masked. Kennedy was also charged with shooting a gun in connection with another incident on Presidential Drive, police said.

Police said they received information from a resident identifying the person in the photo published Oct. 4 in The Eagle-Tribune as Kennedy. The photo, taken from the store surveillance video, shows a man with a scarf over his face. Officers obtained a search warrant based on the information and used it on Friday morning at his home, where they found the gun from the robbery and pills stolen during the crime, police said.

According to a police report, Kennedy entered the CVS on Lowell Avenue on Sept. 30 and used a fake name to try to refill a prescription for Vyvance, a controlled substance similar to amphetamines. After the name was not found in the system by a pharmacist, Kennedy pulled out a large handgun and demanded the pharmacy worker give him every bottle of Vyvance in the store, police said.

The pharmacist went into a drug safe and handed Kennedy a pharmacy counter basket containing 11 bottles of Vyvance, police said. Kennedy grabbed the basket and bumped into a support column, spilling the contents of the basket. He quickly grabbed 10 of the 11 bottles and fled the CVS, police said. The remaining bottle was gathered as evidence by investigators.

Two days after the robbery, Kennedy was involved in an incident in which he fired a gun during an argument, police said.

A police report said officers were called to Presidential Drive on Oct. 2 for a report of shots being fired. Police talked to the 911 caller, who said a man named Robert showed up at her home, asking to use the bathroom. Kennedy was at the home and asked the man named Robert to leave, the woman said. The 911 caller said the two men argued outside before she heard gunshots. She ran outside and saw Robert run to his motor vehicle and speed out of the parking lot. She then saw Kennedy at the entrance of the parking lot, hiding behind a Dumpster, she said.

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