Skip to comments.Police: Robber Gets Fist In Face From Pharmacist
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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I wonder if the prison doc will put him on hydromorphone to relieve the pain from his injuries.
I LOVE that part. That's funny stuff.
LOL! That was rich.
I wonder what would have happened if the pharmacist had been a retired Ranger, Green Beret or a Marine?
“Son, you got a panty on yor head...”
My nomination for Quote of the Week.
I think the retired rugby player did just fine.
"I'll be taking these Huggies and whatevery you got in the cash register."
“... 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.
The perp will be back out on the street in no time and will be robbing more pharmacies in the future!
Possibly, but I bet he won’t try to rob THAT pharmacy.
“... So a guy walks into a pharmacy with a pantyhose over his head, holding a box cutter...”
“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.
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.
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.
Please, please, let it be the same guy. That would be too much.
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.
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.
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.