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Gunman robs Troutdale tavern

Suspect was playing video poker and cashed out twice before approaching server

TROUTDALE - Police are still looking for the man who robbed a local tavern at gunpoint Wednesday night.

Troutdale officers responded to an 8:31 p.m. call of an armed robbery Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Brass Rail Tavern, in the 100 block of East Historic Columbia River Highway, said Sgt. Pat Newton.

The suspect is described as a 45-year-old white male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall and 200 pounds. He has sandy blond hair and a gap in his teeth, and was last seen wearing a red T-shirt and light blue shorts.

According to a police report, the man had been in the tavern playing video poker for an unknown length of time and already had cashed out twice when he approached the counter for a third time.

'If you think about it, you have time then to just observe who's coming and going,' Newton said. 'Maybe you can wait until there's only one or no other patrons in there, and by going up a couple times to cash out, it wouldn't be an unusual activity on his part (to approach the server).'

The suspect reportedly walked up to the server, displayed a silver 9-mm gun and demanded money, Newton said. The server complied and handed the man more than $500 in cash. He fled the scene.

There was one other person in the tavern at the time of the robbery, but he was absorbed in his own video poker game and did not witness the incident, Newton said.

Detectives with the Gresham Police Department assisted in processing the crime scene, Newton said. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Troutdale Police Department tip line at 503-618-7633.