Michael Todd, the bassist for rock band Coheed and Cambria, was arrested and charged with robbing a Massachusetts pharmacy of prescription painkillers just hours before his band played a show.
Investigators in Attleboro, about 40 miles south of Boston, said Todd entered the Walgreen’s pharmacy after 1 p.m. on Sunday(June 10) and showed the pharmacist a note on his phone saying he had a bomb. Police say the 30-year-old, of Anaheim, Calif., then made off with six bottles of Oxycontin and fled in a cab headed to the Comcast Center in Mansfield, where his band was to open for Soundgarden that night. He was arrested before he even made it on stage, as police had tracked the vehicle.
According to CBS station WBZ, he was arrested at the concert hall before the show, and the band played without him.
“That is kind of shocking,” a Coheed fan said to the station. “I didn’t think any of them were like that.”
Todd was charged with robbery and unlawful possession of prescription drugs. He is being held on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Attleboro District Court.
On the Coheed and Cambria’s website, the band released the following statement, addressing the matter: “Michael Todd was arrested today on what we consider very serious charges and therefore he will not be finishing up the current tour. Wes Styles, longtime member of the Coheed family, will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be canceled. 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.”
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