Police arrested Nathan James Key, 29, of the 700 block of Woodland Drive, while he was receiving treatment at a Sumter medical facility, Columbia County sheriffs Capt. Steve Morris said.
Police said Mr. Key approached the pharmacy of the Walgreens on Washington Road at Bobby Jones Expressway about 5:30 a.m. and asked a pharmacist where the bathroom was. She said when Mr. Key came out of the bathroom she noticed his wrist had been cut, according to a sheriffs office incident report.
The pharmacist said Mr. Key then pulled out a bag and demanded she fill it with Oxycontin. When she questioned Mr. Key, the pharmacist said he opened his jacket and showed her the butt of a handgun. Mr. Key took an undisclosed amount of the medication and ran from the store.
The New Ellenton Police Department has active warrants for Mr. Keys arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident that occurred prior to the robbery.
Capt. Morris said Mr. Key was scheduled to be transferred to the Aiken County Detention Center this afternoon.