MEDFORD, New York (AP) — Police on Wednesday arrested a 33-year-old man in the shooting deaths of four people at a pharmacy during a weekend painkiller robbery.
David Laffer was taken in handcuffs from his home in Medford, about a mile and a half (1.6 kilometers) from the crime scene, earlier in the day. Jack Eddington, chairman of the county legislature's public safety committee, confirmed the arrest Wednesday afternoon.
About 30 to 40 officers converged on the home before bringing Laffer out, said Peter Spano, who was working on the lawn next door. A woman was also escorted out of the brown and yellow ranch-style house.
Spano said the "distraught" man taken from the home resembled the suspect shown in surveillance photos, except without a beard.
Zaida Ayala, a longtime neighbor, said the suspect in the photos didn't look like Laffer, who is "a guy that I feel comfortable with. A guy that I could be out, 1 o'clock in the morning in my backyard, and he could be in his backyard and I wouldn't run inside and go get my husband."