A Milwaukee man is accused of robbing an elderly woman as she left a Wauwatosa clinic because he knew she would probably have pain medication with her.
Marcus Miguel Pennie, 36, was charged Monday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of robbery with use of force. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Thursday, the victim went to the pharmacy at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, 201 N. Mayfair Road, to fill her prescriptions for Oxycodone and Opana. She noticed Pennie sitting near the pharmacy area at the time, but she then left for 15 minutes while the prescription was filled.
After returning for the pills, the woman walked out of the hospital to her car, carrying her pills in a bag with her left hand while using her right hand for her cane. Pennie then came up from behind her and hit her just above the left elbow, grabbed the bag of pills and ran through the parking lot before jumping over a wall to escape.
Wauwatosa police officers were called to the clinic and the victim identified surveillance photos of Pennie as the man who had been sitting near her at the pharmacy.
Pennie was picked up by police later in the day and he admitted to the robbery, according to police, saying he targeted the woman because she probably had pain pills because of her age. He told officers he had just lost his job, so he thought he could steal the pills and sell them.
Pennie is currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail on $2,500 bail while awaiting trial.