Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd arrested on suspicion of armed robbery
Band replace Mic for remaining tour dates after he’s arrested minutes before a show on suspicion of holding up drugstore
He’s said to have entered a branch of the Waldgreens chain in Attleboro, Massachusetts, just before 1pm local time. It’s reported he showed a pharmacist a message on his phone which claimed a bomb would be detonated if they didn’t hand over an amount of prescription painkillers.
The thief left the premises with six bottles of pills and hired a cab. Police investigation suggested the vehicle in question had taken the suspect to the tour bus area of the Comcast Center in nearby Mansfield, where Coheed and Cambria were preparing to support Soundgarden.
Police officers arrested him just minutes before the band were set to hit the stage. He was identified as the suspect by store staff, the cab driver and by CCTV footage.
The band says in a statement: “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, long-time member of the Coheed family, will take on bass duties starting tomorrow for the remaining dates. No shows will be cancelled.
“We are surprised to say the least – and we will address the situation with Michael after the tour. For now, we just want to have a great time out here and finish with some killer shows.”
Todd, 30, has a history of substance abuse and left the band for a year in 2006 in an attempt to deal with heroin addiction.
He will appear in Attleboro District Court today and is being held on $10,000 bail.