UPDATE: Man charged in Tuesday’s hostage situation at Red Bay pharmacy

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. -  The man accused of holding six people hostage at a pharmacy in Red Bay on Tuesday has now been charged in the case.

Red Bay Police say Christopher Trail is charged with kidnapping, theft, and robbery of the pharmacy. Prior to that, a residence was broken into, and he is also charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief.  He appeared in court for a hearing Wednesday and was transferred to the Franklin County Jail.  Trail's bond is set at $450,000.

Christopher Trail (Photo: Red Bay Police Department)
Christopher Trail (Photo: Red Bay Police Department)

Police say Trail tried to rob Redmont Pharmacy, at 1102 Golden Road, on Tuesday morning just before 9 a.m.  Trail held up a shotgun and said "don't be stupid, you know what this is."

He took six people hostage inside the store, but immediately let five of them go.  One was a customer. He kept a female pharmacist, Donna Weatherford, with him.

Red Bay Police Chief Janna Jackson says that Weatherford talked with Trail and convinced him to give up, which he did shortly after 10 a.m.  He gave her the shotgun, according to Sheriff Shannon Oliver, and she walked out of the business and handed it to Red Bay Police and Franklin County sheriff's deputies.  They went inside and arrested Trail.

Trail, of Red Bay, is in the custody of Red Bay Police. They said he's currently being evaluated at Red Bay Hospital.  He never fired the shotgun.

(Photo: Catherine Awasthi/WHNT News 19)
(Photo: Catherine Awasthi/WHNT News 19)