Coheed And Cambria bassist Michael Todd has been arrested for armed robbery after holding up a pharmacy and demanding they hand over prescription painkillers.
The bassist, who was touring with the band in Mansfield, Massachusetts, where they were supporting Soundgarden, is reported to have entered the pharmacy with a note written on his mobile phone saying he had a bomb in his possession and demanded six bottles of the painkiller Oxycontin. After the pharmacist handed the pills over he left in a taxi, but was arrested later after police tracked the taxi’s destination to the venue where his band were playing.
According to TMZ, Todd was arrested after he was identified by taxi driver, the pharmacist and surveillance video from the pharmacy. He has now been charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics. He is being held on $10,000 (£6,300) bail and will be arraigned this morning (July 11).
The band have issued a statement on their official website about the incident, in which they say they have released Todd from his duties with the band for the time being, it reads: “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, a long time member of the Coheed family, will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be cancelled.”
It continues: “We are surprised to say the least and will address the situation with Michael after the tour.”