Campbell Co., VA - The Campbell County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man they say stabbed a CVS employee early Thursday morning.
Investigators say if it wasn't for the quick action of other employees, the victim may not have survived.
Investigators say around 12:20 a.m., a man wearing a mask walked up to the pharmacy counter demanding drugs. He got some, but as he tried to get away an employee tried to stop him, and it almost cost that employee his life.
Investigators say the man in the picture dressed in all black walked into the CVS pharmacy on Timberlake Road desperate for narcotics and no one could stand in his way.
"He got cut in the brachial artery, here between the biceps and the triceps," said Billy Crowe with the Campbell County Sheriff's Office as he pointed to his arm.
Deputies say after holding up the pharmacist with a hunting knife and getting several bottles of hydrocodone, the man stabbed another employee at the front of the store. Fortunately for him, help came just in time.
"The pharmacist basically made a makeshift tourniquet, used a belt and his smock to stem the blood flow or shut it down or slow it down anyway," said Crowe.
While the suspect may have gotten away, he left several important pieces of evidence behind. Investigators say a trail of pills shows his escape route around the back of the store.
The sheriff's office brought out a bloodhound to pick up the scent, but so far there hasn't been an arrest, just a vague description:
"Approximately 6'0 to 6'2", 170-180 pounds, white male, blue eyes."
The CVS employee is still recovering at Lynchburg General Hospital, but investigators say if help had come three to five minutes later, this armed robbery would have likely been a homicide.
The sheriff's office says this is the third armed robbery at this CVS in the last two years. One reason is that it's one of the only 24 hour pharmacies in our area.
Anyone with information on the most recent incident is asked to call crime stoppers at 1-888-798-5900.
Officials say the man involved in the stabbing is wanted for malicious wounding and robbery charges.