Man charged with South Hill pharmacy robberies after store manager apprehended him

Staff writerJanuary 9, 2014 

A man suspected of robbing two South Hill pharmacies of oxycodone was charged Thursday, after prosecutors say a manager at one of the stores apprehended him.

The 31-year-old suspect pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of second-degree robbery. His bail was set at $300,000.

According to prosecutors:

The man handed a note to a pharmacy employee Nov. 15 at the Rite Aid at 128th Street East and Meridian Avenue East, which said he had a gun and would start shooting people if the pharmacist didn't give him oxycodone pills. The man fled with the drugs.

He handed a note with the same threat to a pharmacy technician Monday at the Rite Aid on 176th Street East near Meridian Avenue East. This time, a store manager grabbed the defendant as he was trying to flee with the drugs, and held him there until Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies came and arrested the suspect.

The defendant admitted to the South Hill robberies, in addition to a similar one in Federal Way.

He told investigators he became addicted to the drug after he started taking it to stay awake during long hours at a warehouse job.

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