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Suspect in CVS robbery found dead with stolen OxyContin, knife

A 22-year-old Duluth man died of an apparent overdose earlier this week apparently after taking prescription drugs he stole at knifepoint from the eastern Duluth CVS Pharmacy on Monday.

Duluth Police on Thursday confirmed that Deion Desmond Running was found dead in his apartment at 623 N. First Ave. E. on Tuesday afternoon.

Police were called to the apartment Tuesday just after 1 p.m. on reports of a body being found.

“While investigating the death, officers noticed numerous items that appeared to be evidence from the CVS pharmacy robbery reported a day earlier,” a police report issued Thursday noted.

Investigators obtained a search warrant for the apartment and for Running’s car and were “able to determine that the deceased individual was also the suspect in the CVS robbery.”

Police said they are not seeking any other suspects in the armed robbery. They said foul play is not suspected in Running’s death. An official cause of death has not yet been released pending toxicology tests by the Midwest Medical Examiner’s office in Anoka County.

Police responded to reports of an armed robbery Monday night just before midnight at the CVS Pharmacy at 1215 E. Superior St.

According to a search warrant signed by state District Court Judge Dale Harris, a man brandishing a four-inch knife approached the CVS pharmacist and demanded “oxy” — otherwise known as OxyContin or oxycodone, a powerful opioid pain medication. Security video from the store showed the suspect was wearing a dark bandana over his face, a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black tennis shoes.

Hundreds of oxycodone pills — a total valued at over $9,000 — were stolen, the search warrant notes.

On Wednesday, after obtaining the search warrant, police found the stolen pill bottles, the knife believed used in the robbery as well as all of the clothing described on the suspect in Running’s apartment and car, according to a search warrant inventory filed by police. Oxycodone pills were found in Running’s wallet and on the seat of the car.

According to his obituary, Running graduated from Duluth Denfeld High School and worked at Grandma’s Sports Garden. He had recently passed an exam to become a firefighter and was considering moving to Virginia Beach, Va., later this year to work as a firefighter, the obituary notes.

His funeral is scheduled for First United Methodist Church on Monday.

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