An unidentified man climbed through the Bi-Mart pharmacy drive-through window Tuesday evening and presented a letter demanding narcotics, police said.

An unidentified man climbed through the Bi-Mart pharmacy drive-through window Tuesday evening and presented a letter demanding narcotics, police said.

After the pharmacy manager ordered all employees to leave, the suspect fled empty-handed, likely because he couldn't access the drugs himself, said Officer Bon Stewart with the Ashland Police Department.

"My guess is he didn't know where they were stored in the pharmacy and he fled once he realized he wasn't going to get what he wanted," he said.

In the demand letter, the suspect "indicated he had a weapon and he wanted narcotics," Stewart said, declining to release more details about the letter.

The suspect is still at large. Police describe him as tall, thin, in his 20s and white. He was wearing a black faded jacket, light-blue carpenter pants, black Reebok shoes and knit gloves during the attempted robbery, which occurred just before 6 p.m., according to officials.

The man fled through the drive-through window and ran across Tolman Creek Road, police said.

The pharmacy manager at Bi-Mart said he was not authorized to talk about the attempted robbery and referred questions to the company's corporate division.

The fact that the suspect requested narcotics — and no money — could indicate that he is a drug addict, Stewart said.

"It probably narrows down our suspect pool," he said. "It could possibly be someone who's addicted to those types of drugs that were demanded."

Ashland police don't investigate many attempted robberies involving only drugs, Stewart said.

"I think it is an unusual crime in that we don't have very many robberies in the first place and for them to just demand narcotics and no cash makes it even more unusual."

Detectives are following up on leads in the case, Stewart said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.