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Nashville Man Being Prosecuted Federally for Robbing Walgreens Store on Nolensville Pike

8/26/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The man alleged to be responsible for last week’s armed drug robbery at the Walgreens pharmacy, 2819 Nolensville Pike, is being prosecuted federally.

A criminal complaint filed in United States District Court charges David Powell, 29, of Burning Tree Drive, with armed robbery of a pharmacy and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

According to the complaint, on the morning of August 19, 2020, an individual later identified as Powell entered the store armed with a pistol and demanded that the pharmacist give him all of the Hydrocodone, Oxycodone, and Lortab. The pharmacist complied and the robber placed the bottles of drugs in a white bag and fled.

The investigation by responding MNPD officers and detectives led them to the area of West Valley Drive where they observed an individual exiting a vehicle and carrying a white bag. The individual ignored officers’ commands to stop and jumped a nearby fence. Subsequent investigation by the FBI identified Powell as the suspect.

Powell was arrested Monday by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. At the time of his arrest, Powell was in possession of firearms. He will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge Friday for a detention hearing. He is currently on federal supervised release out of the Northern District of Illinois, where he was previously convicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted in the Walgreens case, Powell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years and up to life in prison.

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David Powell, 29