After deciding he needed a fix before his concert, the bassist of the rock band Coheed and Cambria allegedly robbed a Walgreens of oxycodone, using his Blackberry rather than a weapon.
Michael R. Todd, 30, and his band were opening for the popular 1990s band Soundgarden at the Comcast Center in Mansfield on Sunday night, when Todd allegedly walked into the store at Pleasant Street and Starkey Avenue in Attleboro and told the pharmacist to give him the drug.
Todd then held is Blackberry up for the pharmacist to see a note reading that he had a bomb and wanted her to give him the painkillers, according to court records.
The bassist then fled the store and jumped into a taxi, which took him to his tour bus at the Comcast Center, according to the taxi company.
While the rest of the band continued on with the tour, Todd was arraigned in Attleboro District Court yesterday on armed robbery and drug possession charges.
Sandra Ferreira, his attorney, pleaded not guilty on his behalf. The judge ordered him held on $25,000 cash bail and scheduled a preliminary hearing for August 9.
The alleged robbery occurred at 12:55 p.m. and the band was scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m.
Coheed and cambria immediate replaced Todd with multi-instrument musician Wes Styles for the remainder of the tour.
“We are surprised to say the least and will address the situation with Michael after the tour. For now, we just want to have a great time out here and finish with some killer shows in Boston, Poughkeepsie, Quebec City and Halifax,” the band said on its website.