Gainesville man linked to pharmacy robberies

Published: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 10:22 p.m.

A Gainesville man found in a Georgia hotel room with 31 bottles of prescription drugs has been linked to robberies at pharmacies in Ocala and Starke.

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Joshua Levi Head

Gainesville Police Department

U.S. Marshals arrested Joshua Levi Head, 30, of 1024 N.E. 20th Place in Gainesville. Head was picked up Thursday in Dublin, Ga., on a Marion County robbery warrant.

He is expected to be charged later this month with the robbery or attempted robbery of several other pharmacies.

Following his arrest in Georgia, Head was identified as the suspect who tried to hold up the Winn-Dixie Pharmacy at 470 W. Madison St. on Jan. 12, according to Starke police.

Witnesses told police that a man demanded Oxycotin and Percocet, while he tried to hide his face by wearing the hood of his jacket over much of his head. Employees also said the man implied he had a gun. The suspect fled without the drugs.

Head was identified through a photo lineup, according to Police Capt. Barry K. Warren, and will be charged with attempted robbery, wearing a mask while committing an offense, and two counts of aggravated assault.

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