Pistol-packing pharmacist scares away robbers

A small sign in the Bob Johnson Pharmacy window says it all: Mike Donahue does not put up with anyone trying to steal from him.

The sign lists a half-dozen people who Donahue says have tried to rob the Crown Hill pharmacy since 1988. “None of them got away with it!” the sign reads. Donahue has security cameras set up, a security system and, as he tells KING 5, he’s armed with a Glock 19 handgun under his lab coat.

This is surveillance video of Donahue chasing a would-be robber out the front door. “When someone comes in to rob my pharmacy or put my patients at risk I have something to help protect us,” he says. He’s pulled the gun on three potential thieves, most recently a few months ago.

Bob Johnson Pharmacy isn’t the only business in the area around 85th St. and 14th Ave. that’s been the target of recent crime. Crown Hill Methodist church was broken into early in the morning on Palm Sunday, and just last week, someone broke into Wild Mountain Cafe.


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milo dakkat
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milo dakkat

I'm pretty leary of guns but I loved this video! Make my day, punk!

Then, some loser probably thought they were robbing the Crown Hill Meth church.

Why don't these pharmacies start boycotting the oxycontin that the druggies are after?

50intheclip
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50intheclip

stay strapped

ron
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ron

always come in heavy.

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

Bob Johnson, local hero

Trix
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Trix

Bravo, sir.
When the thugs outnumber the cops somebody has to look out for local businesses.

Roy Hobbs
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Roy Hobbs

Hell. Yes.

I'll be switching my prescriptions over to them in the very near future.

dav
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dav

Beautiful, would like to see more of that. should be part of there schooling. if they are ganna be carring the street drug of choice. i ran into a plumber the other day who was carring a 45 cuz all the stealing that use to go on with the copper and the meth heads. now copper is down in price they go for something else. smart business guys kinda like madoff.

MT Girl
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MT Girl

I live around the corner from Bob Johnson's Pharmacy, Wild Mountain Cafe and the Methodist Church. I had no idea that these things happened. Over the past few weeks we have seen increasing amounts of drug dealing and transients in Baker Park just off of 85th on Mary Ave NW. There is also a group of teenage thugs that hangs out in that area, they throw trash in our yard and sit in their crappy cars blasting music all night long. It sucks, I no longer feel safe walking my dog by myself in my own neighborhood. Hmmm…how much is a concealed weapons license in this state???

great idea
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great idea

isn't he just another drug-dealer waving a gun around?

seriously though, how did he catch those six people? did they 'freeze' when he pulled out the heat or did his cameras catch their description/vehicle?

Roy Hobbs
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Roy Hobbs

@MT Girl – $55, plus you must have a squeaky-clean record. You have to go into downtown and be fingerprinted, then wait 30 days for processing. They are good for 5 years.

However (and I say this in all seriousness, and as someone who carries) – a CPL is not the right choice for everyone. You really need to research what your rights (and more importantly) your responsibilities and liabilities are. In many cases you may feel just as safe with pepper spray, which is far less lethal and permanent.

In addition, you need to put some time in in training to know how to react to a situation.

There are about a gazillion other factors that you need to take into consideration. Start with the pepper spray, and then start doing the research. If you still feel like you need to take the next step, and least be prepared and informed.

Cyndi
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Cyndi

Great work Mike! I've been going there for years and I love having a family run pharmacy in a neighborhood full of Walgreens and Bartells.

Ingrid
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Ingrid

Where can I buy pepper spray?

BallardDINK
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BallardDINK

Any gun store, and any place that sells shotguns (most sporting-goods, K Marts, and Wal Marts).

You may also be able to order pepper spray online, but do your research first.

BallardDINK
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BallardDINK

Also, this is a good opportunity to post the link to the “Ballard Gun Discussion” on this blog's forum:

http://www.myballard.com/forum/topic.php?id=668

Lots of good info on safety, responsibilities, research resources, training, and retail locations.

Christine
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Christine

Hmmm…they must have edited out the part where the guy was tryng to rob the place. Does this mean anyone with a hoodie trying to fill a prescription will get chased out with a gun?

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Well done Mike, thanks for getting these thugs out of the theft business.
Gotta admire your batting average too, .1000!

Pink Ciao
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Pink Ciao

I'm glad he wasn't hurt, and that the robbers didn't get away with it. But I've got to say that that gun scares me away too.

TTTCOTTH
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TTTCOTTH

What scares you more, a law abiding citizen defending himself and his customers, or a criminal scumbag trying to make a business owner and his customers a victim? I frankly would feel safer inside his place. I would trust the owners judgment and actions more then the criminals. But hey, that's just me.

W. Earp
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W. Earp

Try to take away a mans livelihood = put your life in their hands. The poor guy had to do this what five times? No one should be afraid to shop there., just robbers!

Mike Donahue for Sherrif
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Mike Donahue for Sherrif

We need to give this man a job at Bergen Park. Who wants to contribute to his first pay check?

Mike Donahue for Sherrif
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Mike Donahue for Sherrif

By the way business owners. I went for a drive at 3 am this morning. Ballard Ave, Leary Way and Market street had at least one pair of prowlers working each street. Unreal to see. It was like they were window shopping, right out in the open. Totally empty streets, with transients paired off ,walking up and down the streets, looking at doors, into windows, and ducking behind buildings and into shadows when they saw me coming. Of course, not a single cop anywhere, so they had the run of the place. Like something out of a movie, where everyone is killed by a bio weapon, but a few Mad Max types survive and search for supplies. They could have taken anything they wanted and nobody would have seen or heard them. Not a soul on the streets, aside from meth heads and transients running downtown Ballard streets. I only logged on here, because I assumed there would be at least one story about a break in last night. Same suspects – Young, very dirty and grimey white males with hooded sweatshirts pulled up over their heads, so you could not see their faces. ages in the early 20's –… Read more »

kokosmama
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kokosmama

Cyndi,

Bartells is awesome and owned by a local family- THE BARTELLS. They live in Magnolia.

Liz
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Liz

Why the hell am I going to Walgreens when this guy is right around the corner? I'm using this pharmacy from now on.

Stupid Hippie
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Stupid Hippie

If he fires his gun, isn't he guilty of lead poisoning?

Trix
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Trix

All true, Kokosmama. Bartell's has a great pharmacy too.
But I think I get her point. It's a big fish vs little fish thing. The small business owners have a hard enough time staying solvent without the threat of some methed up thug robbing them.
I worked for the housekeeping service they used for awhile. I've seen the house. Matron Bartell was a nice lady but no little fish. ;-)

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