Man Accused of Robbing Walgreens for Oxycontin

David Hanley, 34, held on $20,000 bail after he tried to overdose on the pills, according to a criminal complaint.

A 34-year-old West Allis man is facing charges after he allegedly robbed a Waukesha for pills, then tried to overdose inside a laundry room of an apartment building.

David V. Hanley was charged in on Friday with one count of armed robbery and one count of possession of narcotic drugs. If convicted, he faces up to 43 ½ years in prison and $110,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

At 11:34 p.m. June 24, Hanley went to Walgreens located at 221 E. Sunset Drive and approached a pharmacist. He then told the pharmacist to give him oxycontin pills. The pharmacist first didn’t comply with the command, but Hanley then said “I’m going to count down from 10, if you don’t give them to me, I’m going to shoot/kill you.”

The pharmacist still didn’t get the pills, so Hanley began to count down from 10 and reached under his shirt towards what may have been a gun. When he got to five, the pharmacist went to get three bottles of pills and hit the panic button before giving the pills to Hanley.

While police were investigating the incident, they received a call from another man who said he had just driven Hanley to the store and waited in the car while he was inside. When Hanley returned with pill bottles, the man said he knew Hanley didn’t have money to buy the pills, so he called police and told them they were at his residence in the 1000 block of Delafield Street.

Officers found Hanley inside a fifth floor laundry room and chewing on the pills. He told the officers he robbed the pharmacy and had taken multiple pills because he didn’t want to live anymore and wanted to kill himself.

Hanley was then taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where he made sporadic utterances about taking 20 of the oxycontin pills and being a drug addict with nothing to live for. He said he was homeless and robbed the pharmacy because he knew he would get caught and he needed a place to stay for awhile.

He later told police he took drugs before he robbed the pharmacy and doesn’t remember claiming to have a gun.

Hanley is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on $20,000 bond. 

Jennifer Loves You July 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM
In agreement with Mr. Paycheck, I"m finding the very sensitive nature of these circumstances very overwhelmingly sad yet preventable. Do these things that people resort to with the ultimate desperation occur with fleeting thought or result from gradual decline lacking the help struggling people need. Where is the help to rehabilitate and treat the desperation that troubles so many within our generation? With all these funding cuts to programs that would have been able to steer Mr. Hanley back in a positive direction, I fear that we have only begun to see the results of not taking care of eachother as a whole society. My love goes out to you David, my prayers are for you, I have not turned my back on you. I know the good man that still lies within. Please pray for my brother...
Joey July 18, 2012 at 02:31 AM
What a fag
Karen August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM
My son was long term unemployed (through no fault of his own) He was in horrible pain with wisdom amd cracked teeth.He began having periodic chest pains. It got so bad he wanted to rob a store to have medical attention. He died 4 months ago of heart disease. He was 31. It could have been treated.
longtimefriend September 18, 2012 at 02:08 PM
In response to Johnny...this guy has had many opportunities for help and simply refused. He has used and burned every bridge possible with family and friends. He has been on drugs as far back as I can remember, from alcohol to marijuana and pills, so this is not what it means to be an American...he has put himself into this situation. If he would have spent as much time looking for a job as he did trying to come up with clever ways to get his hands on some drugs (like breaking his girlfriends arms and legs & taking her pain meds) he wouldve never been in this situation in the first place. Jenny, I sympathize with you, because he is your brother & I will pray that this may be the chance for him to get the help he needs. And Joey...be nice to your brother, that was not a very nice thing to say, your family needs to pull together and help him through this & count this as one of those blessings in disguise because he needed to hit rock bottom before he can make the change in a positive direction.
Ty Mickens September 23, 2012 at 10:06 PM
I applaud your post, too often many people would rather put an individual down rather than sympathize . Unless you're wealthy already misfortune can occur anytime and alter one's financial future. In this case drugs are the culprit, but does that make this individual less deserving of our concern? Unfortunately for us our nation is becoming more and more populated with citizens who are cold and callous towards their fellow man. This must change, we're all in this together whether we choose to acknowledge it or not, GOD bless us!


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