LOGAN — A 31-year-old Logan man will be held in jail without bail, after making his first appearance in court on suspicion of robbing the Intermountain InstaCare Pharmacy last week. Brad T. Bingham was booked last Thursday after officers arrested him outside his home.
Bingham was arraigned in 1st District Court Monday afternoon, appearing by video from jail. He was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony; possession or use of a firearm by a restricted person, a third-degree felony; and possession or use of a controlled substance, a class B misdemeanor.
Police allege Bingham walked into the pharmacy, on the corner of 400 N. 200 E., around 4:00 p.m. last Wednesday. He passed the employee a note demanding a narcotic and threatening them if they tried to call law enforcement.
Bingham implied he had a weapon to the pharmacy employee but did not brandish one. The employee complied and gave him a small amount of the drug. He then exited the building and was observed heading west.
Officers went through InstaCare’s phone records and discovered Bingham had placed several calls to the pharmacy recently, asking about the availability of the stolen drug. The phone number was tracked to a Logan residence, a half-block away.
Bingham was arrested a day later and allegedly confessed to the robbery, when questioned by police. A search warrant of his residence was executed and evidence from the robbery was located including a .45 caliber handgun he said he had in his waistband at the time of the robbery.
During Monday’s video arraignment, Cache County Deputy Attorney Griffin Hazzard asked the court to hold Bingham in jail without bail. He said the suspect posed a substantial danger to the community and himself if released.
Judge Angela Fonnesbeck agreed. She assigned Bingham a public defender to represent him and to appear again in court March 16.
Bingham was previously convicted of impaired driving and shoplifting during the past three years. He could face up to life in prison if convicted on the new charges.