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Police say Five Points bomb scare was robbery attempt

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Police surround Rite Aid on Harden St. in Five Points for bomb threat Police surround Rite Aid on Harden St. in Five Points for bomb threat
Gregory Hiers (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Gregory Hiers (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Harden St. in Five Points is now open after Columbia Police arrested a man who walked into a pharmacy and claimed he had a bomb Saturday morning. 

Spokesperson Jennifer Timmons says a man walked into the Rite Aid on Harden St. and claimed to have an explosive device and everybody should get out. People inside the store ran out and police closed the street until the man could be arrested.

Timmons says the man was taken into custody about two hours after the incident began without injury. A SWAT team entered the store and found the man unconscious in the pharmacy. 

Police say 58-year-old Gregory Hiers was attempting to rob the store.

Hiers is charged with communicating a threat with a weapon of mass destruction and armed robbery.  Once he is discharged from the hospital, he will be taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

He was taken to the hospital where doctors there will determine if he ingested any drugs from the pharmacy. 

Because Hiers last known address is listed as the Oliver Gospel Mission on Taylor Street, police believe he was homeless.

Police suspect Hiers had recently been released from the hospital.

Hiers is charged with communicating a threat with a weapon of mass destruction and armed robbery.  Once he is discharged from the hospital, he will be taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Timmons said Hiers had a criminal history that included drug and assault charges.

The store and other surrounding businesses were evacuated. Police did not find an explosive device inside the store.

Officers from SLED, the Richland County Sheriff's Department, FBI, USC Police and Columbia-Richland Fire Department responded.

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