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NEWFANE – A man with a blue bandana over his face walked into the Newfane Pharmacy on Main Street on Monday at 4 p.m. and claimed he was being forced to rob the store by someone who was holding his child hostage, authorities said.

Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said the masked man demanded cash and drugs at the store, located at 2780 South Main Street in the Village of Newfane.

According to witnesses, the robber put a box on the counter that he said was a transmitter that could blow something up.

He told store employees that someone was just outside holding his child hostage.

The clerk gave the man an undetermined amount of cash, but refused his request to hand over the narcotic Opana.

The suspect is described as dark complected, between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 7 inches tall, 130 to 140 pounds, wearing baggy jeans, a green hoodie and boots. He was also wearing one purple latex glove, according to sheriff’s deputies.

The suspect fled northbound on Main Street and Niagara County sheriff’s deputies and the K-9 unit were searching the area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Niagara County sheriff’s office at 438-3396 or Investigator Steve Gaydos at 438-3407.

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