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A 25-year-old Bourbon County man was arrested Oct. 25 after an alleged carjacking and armed robbery on Barnes Road in Williamstown.
David Hager was charged with kidnapping, first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking of an automobile.
The incident began around 12:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth-Grant County when the suspect allegedly got into a 2000 tan Bravada vehicle and forced the female driver to drive him around for about 10 minutes.
The carjacker then made the driver exit the vehicle on Industrial Road and he proceeded to drive the car to Grant County Drugs on Barnes Road.
The man allegedly went inside the pharmacy wearing two bandanas over his face and a black-hooded sweatshirt and demanded pills while brandishing a handgun.
Dawn Haggard of Falmouth walked into Grant County Drugs as the suspect was robbing the pharmacy.
When the bell on the door rang as Haggard walked inside, she said the suspect jumped, turned toward her and reached for his pocket all at the same time.
“He could have shot me, plain and simple,” Haggard said. “I scared the hell out of him when I walked through the door. I saw him go for his pocket.”
Haggard said she saw pharmacy owner Jason Wallace putting the pills into a bag for the robber.
Wallace calmly asked Haggard to wait at the other end of the store, according to Haggard.
Before she made it to the other end and turned around, the suspect was gone.
Seconds later, Wallace went outside to try to see which way the suspect went and notified police that the vehicle went west onto Barnes Road.
The stolen vehicle was located a short time later in the 2000 block of Barnes Road without the suspect.
Kentucky State Police dispatch then received a call about a suspicious person at Cordova Road (KY 36) and US 25 in southern Grant County.
Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Maines located Hager walking near the 1500 block of Cordova Road and made the arrest.
“When I cut into the drive, he takes off running behind a group of cedar trees and he stopped behind them and I couldn’t see him,” Maines said. “When I started approaching, I could see him crouch down under there and I ordered him out and get him to start walking toward me.”
Maines said Hager told him that he was walking from his grandmother’s house to a friend’s house, a statement the deputy knew to be false.
Once the suspect was secured by other deputies, Maines said he walked by the cedar trees and located four pill bottles matching the description of those taken at Grant County Drugs.
“I think he just hid thinking I would go away,” Maines said. “But once I approached, I think he had been on the run long enough that he was tired.”
The incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Scott Lengle.
Hager is lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.
Anyone with any information please call Kentucky State Police at 859-428-1212.
Haggard said the robbery was an experience that rattled her.
After the robbery, she said Wallace apologized to her for being rude by asking her to move to the other side of the store.
Haggard laughed at the unnecessary apology.
“I told him that I needed to give him a hug,” she said. “When I told him, ‘I think you
probably saved my life,’ I started crying.”
Haggard broke down again on her way home and did not sleep very well that night.
“I don’t care what anybody says, it could have been a toy gun, but the threat was real,” she said.
Haggard returned to Grant County Drugs the following day to pick up her prescription.