Cops: Oxycontin robber identified after overdose

A surveillance image of the suspect. (Source: NCPD)
A surveillance image of the suspect. (Source: NCPD)

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - Police say the knife-toting man who held up a North Charleston Walgreens pharmacist for Oxycontin on Wednesday ended up in the hospital after an overdose.

North Charleston Police Department spokesman Spencer Pryor said investigators identified 32-year-old David Burkhead Abbott as the suspect from the armed robbery at the Walgreens at the corner of Dorchester and Ashley Phosphate roads.

Police say the robbery happened just before 2 p.m. Later, officers responded to a home on Signal Island Lane after receiving calls about a possible overdose. They found Abbott unresponsive, and he was taken to Trident Hospital.

Investigators said they found items in the residence consistent with those used in the robbery.

Abbott is still at the hospital, but will face armed robbery charges, Pryor said.

The investigation continues, and it is possible the suspect could be tied to other armed robberies.

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