Monroe police nab two more suspects in Rite Aid robbery

A police investigation into the robbery at Rite Aid, 508 Monroe Turnpike, is still underway at 5 p.m. on July 13, 2022.

MONROE, CT — Police made two more arrests Tuesday in connection to the robbery of the Rite Aid Pharmacy at 508 Monroe Turnpike last July. Officers previously arrested Ishmael Henry, 25, of New York on Feb. 21.

On Tuesday, Jason Wade, 21, whose last known address was 179 Madison St. in Brooklyn, N.Y., turned himself in on a Monroe warrant charging him with second-degree robbery, second-degree conspiracy to commit robbery, first-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny, and criminal liability acts of another/second-degree threatening.

Jason Wade

Wade was held on $150,000 bond and will be arraigned in Bridgeport Superior Court at 172 Golden Hill Street today (Tuesday).

A third suspect, Bahkeem Cooke, 22, whose last known address was 105 Lefferts Place in Brooklyn, N.Y., was taken into custody with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal Service Violent Fugitive Task Force.

He is currently being held in New York and awaiting extradition. An arrest warrant was issued for Cooke for the same charges as Wade.

On July 13, 2022, police officers responded to a robbery in progress at Rite Aid Pharmacy at approximately 3:40 p.m.

Witnesses reported that multiple male suspects wearing face coverings entered the store and walked to the pharmacy area. Once they gained access, three of the males demanded that a store employee open the safe where narcotics were located, according to a police press release.

A fourth male stood watch in the store aisle. Once the safe was opened by the employee, three of the males emptied the contents of the safe and left the store, police said.

Further witness reports indicated the four males got into a dark colored sedan with New York registration plates, left the parking lot and headed north on Monroe Turnpike. A check of the area by Monroe police officers yielded negative results for that vehicle.

Through an extensive investigation, Monroe police detectives identified the vehicle used in the robbery, police said, adding further investigation led to the identification of suspects and to the subsequent arrests of Henry and Wade and to the pending arrest of Cooke for their alleged involvement.

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