A scheme to rob a man of his prescription painkillers "backfired" Tuesday, police said, leading to the arrests of three (3) men -- one accused of shooting the victim in the leg.
The trio planned to rob Gordon Kendrick, 28, right after he went into a pharmacy to have an Oxycodone prescription filled, police said. Tampa Bay criminal defense attorney Nicholas J. Dorsten, Esq. of the Clearwater-based Blake & Dorsten, P.A., has seen a sharp increase in the number of Oxycodone cases that his office has retained. These cases range from simple Possession of Oxycodone and/or Trafficking in Oxycodone to Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud and/or Doctor Shopping cases (as Oxycodone as certainly become "the clear drug of choice" among residents in the Tampa Bay area.
Ryan L. Holmberg (below/center), 23, of 1320 14th St. in Palm Harbor is accused of shooting Kendrick. He was charged with Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery, Throwing a Deadly Missile into a building and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
Also arrested, police said, were Sean M. Perry (below/left), 25, of Clearwater, who drove the getaway car, and Daniel C. Kane (below/right), 31, of Tampa, who helped coordinate the robbery.
At least one of the men knew Kendrick, said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts.
Arrest reports show Kane communicated with Holmberg by telephone to let him know when to go to the pharmacy.
Perry then drove Holmberg to Trinity Pharmacy at 1474 S Belcher Road. Holmberg approached Kendrick and demanded the pills when Kendrick left the store.
When Kendrick said he didn't have anything, Holmberg shot him in the right thigh with a semi-automatic handgun, according to a St. Pete Times article. The bullet passed through Kendrick's thigh and went into the occupied pharmacy. No one else was injured.
The incident happened around 4:45 p.m.
Kendrick was treated at Morton Plant Hospital and released later Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said. Kendrick was able to identify at least one of the men, arrest reports show.
All three men were taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
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