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Arrest made in violent robbery

West Seneca police have made an arrest in connection with a violent robbery at a pharmacy nearly a year ago.

Justin R. Moran, 26, of West Seneca, has been charged with robbing the Medical Park Pharmacy on Orchard Park Road last April, police officials announced Tuesday.

Moran was charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree menacing. He is being held on $75,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in West Seneca Town Court for a felony hearing Tuesday night, police said.

Detectives James Pappaceno and Mary Caulfield arrested Moran on Friday.

"It's one of those cases that some people may have forgotten about, but our bureau continued to work on it until it came to closure," said Lt. Edward Baker, a spokesman for the West Seneca Police Department.

Moran is accused of robbing the pharmacy at 550 Orchard Park Road shortly before 10 a.m. April 23, 2011.

He allegedly held a knife to the pharmacist's throat, then used duct tape to cover the victim's mouth, hands and feet.

An estimated $30,000 in pain killers were stolen, including 2,500 Oxycontin pills and 50 Fentanyl patches.

"The violence involved -- with the knife along with the duct-taping of the pharmacist -- is not something we see a lot of, fortunately," Baker said.

Baker would not comment on how the department's investigation led to Moran, because the case is still ongoing in court.

The Erie County's District Attorney's Office and the Probation Department assisted Pappaceno and Caulfield with their investigation.

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