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Drugstore Cowboy author arrested

James Fogle wrote the novel, about four marauding drug addicts who travel America looting narcotics from pharmacies, while he was in prison and based it loosely on his own experiences.

It was later used as the basis for Gus Van Sant’s 1989 film of the same name starring Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch.

The 73 year old, who has spent much of his adult life in jail, was arrested on Tuesday night (25May10) along with another man, 45-year-old Shannon Benn, on suspicion of carrying out a raid on a pharmacy in Redmond, Washington.

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Both men have been booked on suspicion of first-degree robbery and are scheduled to appear in King County Superior Court on Thursday (27May10).

Jim Bove, a spokesman for the Redmond Police Department, tells the Seattle Times, “He’s 73 years old and this is probably the only thing he knows.”

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