EATONTOWN — The suspect in the attempted armed robbery of a Jersey Shore pharmacy was arrested in New York City.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said Aaron Riley, 31, of Eatontown, was arrested by the the NYPD as the suspect in Tuesday night's robbery of the Alltown Pharmacy in Eatontown. Police say he was found with a gunshot injury to the leg.

Gramiccioni did not disclose how Riley wound up in New York or specifically where Riley was located. Riley fled the scene on foot and fired at police as he ran to the adjoining Michael's Plaza, officials said. He headed west on Route 36 but police located the vehicle, a gray four-door 2007 Nissan Altima, in the rear parking lot of Stony Hill Apartments off Route 36 with damage consistent with gunshots, according to Gramiccioni.

Riley was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, and one count each of first-degree armed robbery, second-degree certain persons not to have a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Riley entered the store and demanded prescription narcotics while wearing a scarf on his face, according to Gramiccioni.

Riley is being held in custody with bail set at $1.45 million.

The prosecutor asked anyone with information about the suspect or robbery to call his office at 800-533-7443.

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