Pharmacy

Woman allegedly wielded knife through throat of pharmacy customer during drug heist at University Place

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Pierce County Sheriff’s Department

A customer queuing at a University Place pharmacy was briefly held hostage Wednesday night when a theft suspect allegedly carried a knife to his victim’s throat, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The 34-year-old suspect entered the pharmacy in the 3800 block of Bridgeport Way West around 9 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect asked opioid drugs from the pharmacy staff, the sheriff’s department said.

A staff member filled a bag with bottles of the narcotic oxycodone. Pharmacies normally store the addicting pain reliever in areas inaccessible to the public.

The suspect allegedly cut off the victim’s hand before fleeing with the drugs.

Officers located the suspect in a vehicle, but first escaped them. They located her and arrested her minutes later, according to Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Darren Moss. The suspect was held in the Pierce County Jail for assault, theft and escape.

The victim, 40, was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for her injuries, Moss said.

The theft came a day after another theft at the same pharmacy, according to Moss. In this theft, a suspect used a firearm to threaten staff. He allegedly dropped and later picked up the gun during the flight. This suspect was on the run Thursday night.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune since 1998 as a writer, editor and photographer. He previously worked for The Olympian and for other newspapers in Nevada and California. He graduated in journalism from San Jose State University.


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