Details emerge in Vegas pharmacy robbery-slaying

By Ken Ritter, Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 29, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.


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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man who once worked at a Walgreens he's accused of robbing quietly kept one clerk at gunpoint for an hour, including times when she helped customers, and looted a store safe before shooting another clerk 11 times and fleeing, according to a police report made public Monday.

"Sorry, Tony, but you know me," Jin William Ackerman is quoted telling Antonino Isnit before killing him in a back room of the store in northwest Las Vegas.

Eleven 9 mm bullet casings were found next to Isnit's body, police said. The Clark County coroner reported Isnit was shot multiple times. He was 58.

Ackerman, 25, remained jailed Monday, awaiting an initial appearance in Las Vegas Justice Court on murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and burglary charges that could get him the death penalty or life in prison without parole. He is expected to have a lawyer appointed to his case at that time.

Ackerman was fired in July 2013 from a Walgreens at a resort casino on the Las Vegas Strip after being accused of improperly using a computer to access employee files, according to the arrest report. He worked in 2011 at the Walgreens where the slaying took place.

However, Las Vegas police Lt. Ray Steiber said robbery, not revenge, was the apparent motive for the slaying.

Ackerman made off with more than $5,000 from the safe, the police report said.

The female clerk told detectives that Ackerman arrived at the store about 4 a.m. wearing two surgical masks, gray clothing, a wool pea coat and yellow gloves. He carried a camouflage backpack from which he later produced a hand drill to try to remove a door from a cabinet containing store security cameras and computers, police said.

The woman described breaking into tears when Ackerman handcuffed her in a bathroom, emptied her pockets, removed the battery to disable her cellphone and began putting a silencer on the handgun he carried.

But she said he told her not to worry, the gun was for Tony.

Ackerman removed the handcuffs, told the woman to act normal, and ushered her through the store aisles to the cash register, police said. Once, he used sanitary wipes to clean a counter where he stood while she served customers.

Ackerman was arrested Friday afternoon at a home a few miles away, and police reported finding a gun they believe was used in the shooting.

The home isn't far from another Walgreens that police said they think Ackerman robbed at gunpoint on Dec. 24, also wearing a surgical mask.

Brian Barnard, manager of the Walgreens where Isnit was killed, declined Monday to comment.

Walgreen Co. spokeswoman Emily Hartwig said the Deerfield, Illinois-based company extended condolences and funeral expense assistance to Isnit's family and loved ones, and made counseling services available to store staff members.

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