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Police: Robber Gets Fist In Face From Pharmacist
ketv.com ^ | 12 January, 2012 | NA

Posted on 01/12/2012 12:44:30 PM PST by marktwain

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- Council Bluffs police said a blade-wielding, would-be robber picked the wrong drugstore to hold up. He ended up getting a fist in the face from the pharmacist.

Pharmacist Bill Shipley encountered a man wearing a black stocking over his head on Wednesday morning.

"At first, I thought it was the delivery man delivering our medications that we get every morning," said Shipley.

Shipley, who works at Union Pharmacy, said the man told him he had a gun and demanded hydromorphone.

"It's a pain medication," said Shipley. "If you abuse it, you can get high similar to Oxycontin or morphine."

Shipley, who's no stranger to pain after playing rugby for years, took the situation into his own hands.

"I started moving toward him and I could see he had an orange box cutter in his hand, so then I just punched him in the face," he said.

Shipley said he forced the man outside and held him down until police arrived.

"He kept trying to get his gloves off and saying he was going to shoot me, but I don't think he had a gun, so I just kept punching him," he said.

When officers arrived they took Donald White into custody. They said they believe White stole a truck in Omaha and used it in the attempted robbery of the pharmacy. Investigators said White may have also robbed the CVS Pharmacy in Council Bluffs earlier this week. Charges against White are pending.

It was an unusual morning for Shipley, but it's not the first time he's stopped a crime.

"About 10 years ago the same thing happened with the same result," he said. "I actually chased him down and tackled him further down the parking lot."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: defense; ia; knife; robber
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1 posted on 01/12/2012 12:44:38 PM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain
the man told him he had a gun and demanded hydromorphone . . . "I started moving toward him and I could see he had an orange box cutter in his hand, so then I just punched him in the face,"

I wonder if the prison doc will put him on hydromorphone to relieve the pain from his injuries.

2 posted on 01/12/2012 12:46:59 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: marktwain
"... He kept trying to get his gloves off and saying he was going to shoot me, but I don't think he had a gun, so I just kept punching him," he said.

I LOVE that part. That's funny stuff.

3 posted on 01/12/2012 12:49:58 PM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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'so I just kept punching him," he said.'

LOL! That was rich.

/johnny

4 posted on 01/12/2012 12:51:33 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: marktwain

I wonder what would have happened if the pharmacist had been a retired Ranger, Green Beret or a Marine?


5 posted on 01/12/2012 12:52:31 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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“Son, you got a panty on yor head...”


6 posted on 01/12/2012 12:54:11 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: marktwain
"I started moving toward him and I could see he had an orange box cutter in his hand, so then I just punched him in the face"

My nomination for Quote of the Week.

7 posted on 01/12/2012 12:55:34 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

I think the retired rugby player did just fine.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 12:57:13 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: WayneS

"I'll be taking these Huggies and whatevery you got in the cash register."

9 posted on 01/12/2012 12:57:22 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Hodar

“... He kept trying to get his gloves off and saying he was going to shoot me, but I don’t think he had a gun, so I just kept punching him,” he said.
I LOVE that part. That’s funny stuff.

I loved that part too.


10 posted on 01/12/2012 12:57:41 PM PST by GraceG
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To: WayneS

The perp will be back out on the street in no time and will be robbing more pharmacies in the future!


11 posted on 01/12/2012 1:01:13 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Possibly, but I bet he won’t try to rob THAT pharmacy.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 1:02:58 PM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% MORE sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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“... So a guy walks into a pharmacy with a pantyhose over his head, holding a box cutter...”


13 posted on 01/12/2012 1:03:34 PM PST by pabianice (")
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“Shipley, who’s no stranger to pain after playing rugby for years...”

We have bad reputation for this kind of thing. It’s an earned reputation.

Don’t mess with a Rugby player.


14 posted on 01/12/2012 1:26:37 PM PST by buffaloguy
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To: marktwain
"About 10 years ago the same thing happened with the same result," he said. "I actually chased him down and tackled him further down the parking lot."

Don't push your luck dude. One of these guys will have a gun and if you're not carrying you WILL lose that one. permanently. I'd make sure robber #3 ends up looking down a barrel.

15 posted on 01/12/2012 1:29:06 PM PST by circlecity
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To: Jack Hydrazine

My pharmacist inherited his small family pharmacy from his father. I have known and used them over 30 years. About a year ago a man walked in this tiny pharmacy with a gun and demanded oxycontin. My pharmacist took his own gun out, pointed it at him...the guy said..Let’s do it...Bill did. He pulled the trigger. Killed him. The robber’s family filed suit against Bill. Funny, they never mention the lawsuit. Doubt it went anywhere.


16 posted on 01/12/2012 2:00:01 PM PST by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: GraceG
"About 10 years ago the same thing happened with the same result," he said. "I actually chased him down and tackled him further down the parking lot."

Please, please, let it be the same guy. That would be too much.

17 posted on 01/12/2012 2:16:30 PM PST by edpc (Wilby 2012)
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To: WayneS

I hope the pharmacist, at the other pharmacy he’s planning to rob after he gets out of jail, will be armed and willing end his crime spree for good.


18 posted on 01/12/2012 2:32:46 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: DallasSun

But it still cost him money to defend himself in court over the suit. If the judge and/or jury still had a good deal of common sense I’m sure the suit was rendered without standing by one of them.


19 posted on 01/12/2012 2:35:54 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: circlecity

Within the past year a pharmacist in the Midwest was convicted of killing a robber who was also after pain killers. Outrageous. IIRC, he chased the robber out on to the street and shot him in the back as he was escaping.

Last summer a pharmacist on Long Island (NY) and 2 customers were killed by pain killer robbers. Being a pharmacist used to be a nice, placid profession but with addiction to those pain killers becoming too commonplace, it’s become very dangerous.


20 posted on 01/12/2012 2:42:24 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: marktwain

Not a job I would want to be in - work in a drug store where all the dope is for the Dopes.


21 posted on 01/12/2012 6:36:44 PM PST by Tubac414 (Just want to ride my Motorcycle)
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