UPDATE: Armed suspect at pharmacy was rapping to police while taken into custody

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CLEARFIELD, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police have taken a Curwensville man into custody after responding to a possible armed robbery of the Rite Aid on Clearfield-Curwensville Highway Tuesday night.

Lawrence Township police arrived at the scene before 9 p.m. on Jan. 19 after being dispatched for the possible armed robbery by Clearfield County Control. Through the investigation, they found 36-year-old Kevin T. Beniquez Sr. wandering around the store, yelling and rapping.

NEW DETAILS: Lawrence Township police were assisted by Curwensville police, Clearfield police, and State Police Tuesday night. After arriving at the Rite Aid, police found Beniquez roaming near the pharmacy of the store and placed him into custody. In the process, they found a brass knuckle type weapon and a loaded handgun on him as well as a baggie in his wallet with a brown and white powder.

The gun was later discovered to belong to a woman who told police she left her husband a year ago and hasn’t seen the gun since, but never reported it missing.

Beniquez was also reportedly wearing a house arrest ankle bracelet with a dead battery. Police say he continued yelling and rapping before ultimately being placed in a police cruiser.

Employees told police that he was acting erratic and when the two employees from the front of the store tried to get away from him, he put up his hood, placed his hands in his pockets, and began to follow them to the back of the store. The employees locked themselves in the back area while the pharmacy tech called 911.

It was later discovered that a man the police spoke with outside of the store when they first arrived had come with Beniquez. When being interviewed, he told police that he was leaving his home to get his prescription when Beniquez asked for a ride, saying he was outside of his home rapping and acting strange. The man then got his prescription and left the store to wait for Beniquez. He told police it was because Beniquez was “acting dickish” and didn’t want to be in the store with him.

Beniquez is now facing multiple firearm and weapon charges as well as possession of drugs, and public intoxication.

Beniquez was taken into custody and placed in the Clearfield County Jail. A preliminary hearing will take place in the near future.

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