BOWLING GREEN — Law enforcement officials on Monday apprehended a Bowling Green man suspected of robbing a pharmacy on the campus of Wood County Hospital.
Matthew Stoughton, 26, of 611 N. Prospect St., Bowling Green, was taken into custody by Wood County sheriff’s deputies at 5:57 p.m. in the area of Kahler and Bradner roads, in eastern Wood County, about 2½ hours after a massive search of that area was called off.
According to the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune, Stoughton was apprehended after authorities were notified by a citizen who saw a shirtless man in a ditch in that area.
The robbery occurred at 9:22 a.m. Monday at Jaks Public Pharmacy at Wood County Hospital, 950 W. Wooster St., according to police reports. Police said the suspect entered the pharmacy, showed a gun and demanded morphine.
Stoughton was known as a regular customer of the pharmacy, according to Deputy Chief Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police Department.
After the robbery, his vehicle was located by police at his residence. Police were attempting to obtain a search warrant when Stoughton left his residence and drove away.
Police said he drove to eastern Wood County, sped north on U.S. 23 to the edge of Pemberville, then south on Bradner Road to Kahler Road. He eventually crashed the vehicle at 10:32 a.m. and fled on foot into a cornfield.
Law enforcement agencies surrounded the field and used dogs, an airplane and a helicopter to search the area. The search was called off at about 3:20 p.m. without the suspect being located.
Assisting in the search were the Wood County and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office special response teams, State Highway Patrol and the patrol’s aviation unit, the Monroe County (Michigan) Sheriff’s Office aviation unit, and K-9 units from the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office and the Fostoria and Woodville police departments.