By Lisa Redmond
PEPPERELL — As Pepperell police were about to arrest Michael Wilkins after he allegedly attempted to rob the Pepperell Family Pharmacy at knifepoint last month, Wilkins allegedly told police he was “strung out” and that officers “just saved his life.”
In Ayer District Court, Wilkins, 28, of Charlestown, continues to be held without bail on several charges after police say he attempted to rob the Pepperell Family Pharmacy last month after demanding narcotics.
Wilkins was ordered held after a dangerousness hearing. He is scheduled for a probable-cause hearing on Nov. 19.
Wilkins has pleaded innocent to 21 charges: seven counts each of kidnapping and assault with a dangerous weapon; four counts of assault and battery; armed assault to rob; intimidation of a witness; and attempt to commit a crime.
According to court documents, Wilkins entered the pharmacy at 12:45 p.m. wearing dark clothing, a hat, sunglasses and rubber gloves. With customers and employees in the store, Wilkins approached an employee and demanded narcotics. When the clerk failed to move fast enough, Wilkins jumped over the counter, pulled out a folding knife and waved it around. He then ordered customers to lay on the floor.
One clerk saw what was happening, grabbed a cordless phone and ran into the bathroom to call the police, even as Wilkins allegedly banged on the door.
The thief fled the store and ran to a nearby parking lot to a silver Chevrolet Impala. When police arrived, they found Wilkins sitting inside the car.