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Case against Marshfield pharmacy robber moved to federal court

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A mugshot of Dustin Fritz from the Wood County Sheriff's Department, June 18 2012
A mugshot of Dustin Fritz from the Wood County Sheriff's Department, June 18 2012

MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) – The case against a Marshfield man who robbed a pharmacy last week is being transferred to the federal level.

A grand jury returned a two count indictment against 31-year-old Dustin Jon Fritz today. Fritz now faces counts of Robbery of a Controlled Substance and Use of a Firearm in a Violent Crime. Assistant US Attorney Kevin Burke says that the statutes are now in place to take this sort of crime when a DEA-authorized agent is robbed of drugs under federal registration.

Police say Fritz robbed the Walgreen's on North Central Avenue in Marshfield at gunpoint and got away with some drugs. Another officer was in the area when the robbery happened and chased the suspect to the American Auto Sales and Services business nearby. The suspect barricaded himself inside but eventually surrendered.

Fritz will be transferred to federal custody and will make an initial appearance in the next two weeks. If convicted he could face 20 years on the robbery count and a minimum of 7 years on the weapons charge.

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