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Nashville Man Facing Federal Charges In Pharmacy Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. August 26, 2020 – A criminal complaint was unsealed yesterday charging David Powell, aka Dawud Powell, 29, of Nashville, with armed robbery of a pharmacy and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

According to the complaint, on the morning of August 19, 2020, an individual later identified as Powell, entered the Walgreens pharmacy on Nolensville Pike, brandished a handgun at the pharmacy counter 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 store.

The investigation by responding officers and detectives from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department 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 the officer’s commands to stop and fled, jumping a nearby fence.  Subsequent investigation by FBI agents identified Powell as the suspect. 

Powell was arrested Monday by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force outside of an apartment complex in South Nashville.  At the time of his arrest, Powell was in possession of firearms.  He will appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on 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 of the charges, Powell faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years and up to life in prison. 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph P. Montminy.

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David Boling
Public Information Officer

Updated August 26, 2020

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