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Canandaigua man arrested for robbing Walmart; customers prevent him from getting away

A 16-year-old Canandaigua man has been charged with robbery after an incident at the Canandaigua Walmart on November 15th.

Deputies in Ontario County say that Philip Ehroan Key, 16, of Canandaigua was arrested for robbery in the third degree after an investigation into events that happened on November 15th. According to officials, Key entered the Canandaigua Walmart store and stole cold medication, which he began consuming. He then proceeded to a checkout lane — reaching across the conveyer belt, informing the clerk to give him the money from the register.

Deputies say he forcefully took money from the register and forced the cashier to give him a pack of cigarettes. He then attempted to run from the store, but a customer intervened — temporarily stopping him before Key repeatedly kicked him.

He eventually ran through the parking lot to his vehicle, as other store patrons began to assist before Key started throwing the stolen money. Due to Key consuming a large quantity of the medication, he was transported to F.F. Thompson Hospital for treatment before being sent to Strong Memorial Hospital for additional medical treatment.

He was released from the hospital and taken into custody without further incident. He was arraigned in Manchester Town Court and will answer the charges in Hopewell at a later date. He was placed in custody at the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secured bond.

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