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Robbery suspect arrested after 3-hour standoff

A 51-year-old woman accused of robbing a drugstore was arrested after a three-hour standoff Saturday at an apartment building on Fort Wayne's northeast side, city police said.

At 10:20 a.m., police were called to the CVS Pharmacy at 2802 E. State Blvd. on a report of an armed robbery.

CVS employees told officers that a woman had given a pharmacist a note that demanded prescription narcotics. The woman somehow indicated she had a gun but did not show one, police said.

After leaving the store with the prescription narcotics, the woman ran into the Beacon Heights apartment building, which is on the same block as the CVS. Officers learned that she was on the second floor, and they spoke with her over the telephone, but she refused to come outside, police said.

After further attempts to talk with her were unsuccessful, SWAT team officers breached a window of the apartment where she was holed up, and she started speaking to police again. The woman, identified as Tondra Lampkin, eventually followed officers' orders and left the building about 1:40 p.m.

Lampkin was arrested without incident and preliminarily charged with robbery.

As a precaution, several apartments in the building complex had been evacuated during the standoff, police said. No injuries were reported.

aingersoll@jg.net

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