Police seek man who slashed wrists during drugstore holdup

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009 9:38 AM
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Columbia County authorities have identified a man they say intentionally cut his wrists while robbing a Martinez pharmacy this morning and say they need help finding him.

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Anyone with information about the man's identity or whereabouts should call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.  Special
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Anyone with information about the man's identity or whereabouts should call the sheriff's office at (706) 541-2800.

Police said Nathan James Key, 29, entered the Walgreens on Washington Road at Bobby Jones Expressway about 5:30 a.m. and cut his wrists. Armed with a handgun, Mr. Key then approached a pharmacy employee and demanded OxyContin, Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. After receiving an undisclosed amount of the pain medication, Mr. Key left, running south near Bobby Jones Expressway, according to police.

The New Ellenton Police Department has active warrants for Mr. Key’s arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident before the robbery. Mr. Key could be driving a white 1998 Geo Prizm with front and rear end damage. It bears South Carolina tag BFW788. Anyone with information about Mr. Key’s whereabouts can call the sheriff’s office at (706) 541-2800 or Staff Sgt. Mike Cullinan at (706) 541-1044.

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Nammy
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Nammy 01/28/09 - 10:50 am
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He needs more than Oxycontin

He needs more than Oxycontin with cut wrists, I should think! Medical help maybe?

I_Wear_Lipstick_2
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I_Wear_Lipstick_2 01/28/09 - 11:02 am
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The jacket in the photo

The jacket in the photo doesn't look khaki to me.

Nammy
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Nammy 01/28/09 - 11:07 am
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Actually, it looks EXACTLY

Actually, it looks EXACTLY like our old Avondale-free-gift-for-safety-hours-jacket! It's denim and gray...

usnvet
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usnvet 01/28/09 - 11:44 am
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This just presents more

This just presents more evidence and a valid arguement that drugs should be legalized. If drugs were legal there would be no gangs, no robberies of this type would ever take place and we would all be better off. All the drug laws are a stain on our constitution left to us by "Burglar Boy Nixon" and if you add up all the money the government has spent on this "war on drugs" you could pay our national debt and then some. Who cares if people do drugs anyway? It's really no ones business. If people can sit on the couch and eat doughnuts 'til they weigh 400 pounds and become diabetics or drink themselves to the point that they need a liver transplant, what's the big deal with drugs? People who do drugs are going to do them no matter what! I'll say it again, Long before the powers that be THOUGHT they had a right to anything that an individuals drug use deprives them of; the American citizen had a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

sprintman
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sprintman 01/28/09 - 11:57 am
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meth is destroying america.

meth is destroying america. Do anything to get money

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 01/28/09 - 12:11 pm
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Legal or not, users will

Legal or not, users will still increase dosage until their habit has outgrown their wallet. Legal drugs= more abusers= more crime.
Why don't you go one step further usnvet, and make them legal and FREE to boot. [filtered word]?

usnvet
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usnvet 01/28/09 - 12:40 pm
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If they were legal, users

If they were legal, users wouldn't have to pay prices that reflect the years of incarceration that drug dealers now face if they get caught. In states where marijuana is legal it sells for 1/20th of the price it sells for otherwise. Legal or not, those who use, use no matter what. Prohibition just makes them criminals. Where is the crime in using? There isn't one. We've just been "programmed" to believe there is.

prayingforthisworld
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prayingforthisworld 01/28/09 - 12:43 pm
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Usnvet, you need some drugs -

Usnvet, you need some drugs - mental drugs for the way you think. Yeah, let's just GIVE all the druggies access, which will also give our children more access to them - that's the way to fix it!

Does_it_really_matter
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Does_it_really_matter 01/28/09 - 12:43 pm
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usnvet....Delta is ready when

usnvet....Delta is ready when you are....go find some other country to live in. Maybe then, you will appreciate what we have here.

usnvet
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usnvet 01/28/09 - 12:58 pm
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You all assume that if drugs

You all assume that if drugs were legal that everyone would be a druggie....If that logic were correct, then everyone who owned a car with 300 horsepower would be doing 130 MPH everywhere they drive. You should have more faith in your children and your fellow man.

voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 01/28/09 - 01:04 pm
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I'm with you USNVET

I'm with you USNVET

chey
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chey 01/28/09 - 01:12 pm
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though i disagree with

though i disagree with usnvet. I'll admit, he/she has a point.

curly123053
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curly123053 01/28/09 - 01:28 pm
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If drugs were as legal as

If drugs were as legal as alcohol you would have some who used them responsibly and some who abused it. Anybody disagree?

KingJames
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KingJames 01/28/09 - 01:31 pm
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USNVET, did you get out of

USNVET, did you get out of the Navy because of the Zero Tolerance policy? I'm just wondering because you have a facination with drugs that doesn't seem to quite match acceptable standards for sailors (Not in my Navy!). Or, were you around prior to the policy? If you were, please change your display name because your statements are not "in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." I mean, we already have a bad reputation as being drunks. Now you seem to want us to be known as dopeheads and junkies, too.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 01/28/09 - 01:32 pm
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Driving 130 is fun, not

Driving 130 is fun, not addictive. Apples to coconuts...

usnvet
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usnvet 01/28/09 - 02:19 pm
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LOL, Kingjames..."Your Navy"

LOL, Kingjames..."Your Navy" consists of the flotilla you have in your bathtub. And (gnumbnuts) that was an analogy, not a comparison. Me?...I'm sick and tired of the government dictating what a supposedly "free" person can and can't do. They have their greedy little fingers in EVERYTHING. How is that freedom? The only freedom in America these days seems to be the freedom of lobbiests to bribe those in government and the freedom of the media to conspire with both government and corporate America to rob us of our money and constitutional rights. With this new "bailout" package, None of us are free anymore...Your great grandchildren won't be free either; They'll be economic slaves just like we are. Mandated to repay that which was squandered by the "greediest generation". While those of the "brainwashed generation" just sits on their fat [filtered word]es letting it happen.

justus4
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justus4 01/28/09 - 02:20 pm
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Not a SINGLE post about this
Unpublished

Not a SINGLE post about this guy's personal behavior. ONLY about drugs and the damage being done to America. Statements referencing drug use and the power of illegal drugs. NOTHING about his personal responsibility or how worthless his life is, or a general degradation of his individual choices. AND nothing about the weapon and the possible danger of innocent bystanders. And where was the undercover officer ready to shot during this holdup? Oh yeah, that probably wont be happening in that county.

kware719
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kware719 01/28/09 - 02:31 pm
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sprintman...number one what

sprintman...number one what does oxcycotin have to do with meth....its a pain killer...and I'm pretty sure he's not looking to profit off of it

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/28/09 - 03:09 pm
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"If drugs were legal there

"If drugs were legal there would be no gangs, no robberies of this type would ever take place and we would all be better off." ----- That would mean a lot of Bubbas will have to find a job like everyone else, since we wouldn't need a large police force. Everyone knows the police and firefighter forces are where White boys go for employment (for power; or because it's a way to employ those who don't want to goto college -- a White boy now has a serious adversion to working at McDonald's, even though his dad worked there without incident), and if they lost their jobs, they'll whine as bad as criminals of their food. So it's not going to happen, even if it would save some serious tax dollars.

get.the.beam.out
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get.the.beam.out 01/28/09 - 03:13 pm
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Just remember: "Drugs will

Just remember: "Drugs will usually get busted, but a bust will not usually be drugged".

mommie2
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mommie2 01/28/09 - 03:16 pm
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Then what would all the drug

Then what would all the drug dealers do? Work at Wal-Mart? Get a real job? Whatever. Why did the dude cut his wrists?

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/28/09 - 03:38 pm
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"Why did the dude cut his

"Why did the dude cut his wrists?" --- Probably due to he is depressed and wants to commit suicide. ODing on Oxycontin will do it. Your typical "cry for help" situation. Those who steal it for recreation use will want more than just Oxycontin, they'd want some more control substances (e.g. morphine and pain patches). You'd find that type of activity in CC, as the economy slumps more, with folks living well beyond their means (and that dude isn't your drug runner type, looks like a guy who may have lost his job).

Dukedirtbag
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Dukedirtbag 01/28/09 - 03:48 pm
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maybe he was just dying for a

maybe he was just dying for a fix. metaphoricaly and literaly

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/28/09 - 03:50 pm
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I think SandyK may be right,

I think SandyK may be right, my gut told me the same thing. I hope they find this guy before it's too late. He did several wrong and selfish things here, but where there's still life, there is hope. Uh oh, high winds are coming in. Why no weather alert?

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 01/28/09 - 04:32 pm
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Sandy might want to think

Sandy might want to think about cutting her/his wrist so we don't have to listen to this know it all. [filtered word] are you talking about idiot?

GET REAL1
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GET REAL1 01/28/09 - 05:03 pm
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I'm curious also, JUSTUS??

I'm curious also, JUSTUS?? Sandy wrote (and that dude isn't your drug runner type, looks like a guy who may have lost his job). What is the drug runner type? What does a guy who may have just lost his job look like?

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 01/28/09 - 05:12 pm
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usnvet, Call it what you

usnvet, Call it what you want, but if ANYONE thinks there is ANYTHING to be gained by legalizing meth, crack, coke, or any other narcotic must already be buzzing.

mable8
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mable8 01/28/09 - 06:12 pm
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usnvet: Your argument to

usnvet: Your argument to legalize illicit drugs does not hold water! Sweden did that and now they have a national nightmare on their hands and NO solutions on hand to deal with the crisis. I don't think we Americans want to take a stroll in our parks to see a bunch of stoned/intoxicated addicts laying about and being non-productive citizens. furthermore, legalizing the drugs will NOT reduce the crime rate. You need to do some proper research on the topic--most proponents of legalizing drugs are the addicts who need illicit drugs to 'function.' To be quite honest, Sweden NEEDS socialized medicine in order to treat these addicts; otherwise, their crime rate would be higher than that of the US.

sprintman
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sprintman 01/28/09 - 06:26 pm
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How much do you want to bet

How much do you want to bet this guy does meth. And I definitely don't think he was employed. Stoner to the fullest

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 01/28/09 - 06:32 pm
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The guy certainly needs help!

The guy certainly needs help! This is a sad situation as everyone knows there are cameras everywhere you go and he did not try to hide his face. Desperation is a terrible thing.

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