A Weston Avenue man was charged with first-degree robbery Friday after he was accused of trying to take perfume from the Eckerd Drug Store on Portage Road at knifepoint on Thursday, Detective John Olander said.
Michael L. Williams, 30, of 1648 Weston Ave. was arrested at the City Jail on the robbery count just seven hours after he was charged with criminal impersonation for using a false name to avoid arrest on warrants issued by the city's Drug Court, police said.
Williams was arrested at 2:22 a.m. at Sixth Street and Ferry Avenue after he told officers Walter Nichols and Christopher Clark his name was Donald Williams, police said.
Olander said he and Detective William Smith arrested Williams on the robbery charge in connection with an incident Thursday morning at the Eckerd Drug Store. Police said he had slipped two fragrance pens worth $6 each under his coat and was attempting to leave the store when he was confronted by Gordon T. Orlikowski, a security guard. Williams pulled out a steak knife, held it in a threatening way and then fled as the guard grabbed his coat, which came off and caused Williams to drop the knife and fragrance pens, Olander said.
The arrest also came after a store employee identified him from a store security videotape, Olander said.