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Search for robbery suspects shuts down eastside neighborhood

UPDATE • Last suspect found hiding on a roof in the area

Portland police took three men into custody Monday afternoon in connection with the early Monday morning robbery of the Rounders Cafe, 11416 N.E. Halsey St.

After about 12 hours of searching an East Portland neighborhood, officers arrested 35-year-old Mckeever Watkins Thompson Jr., 42-year-old Marc Edward Morrison and 34-year-old Antonio Denon Carter (also known as Anthony Williams). All three men are from Northeast Portland.

They will be charged with several counts of first- and second- degree robbery.

Police said Thompson allegedly drove the robbery's getaway car.

Morrison and Carter were found inside the neighborhood perimeter set up early Monday morning by officers. Carter was hiding on the roof of a residence when he was found.

Thompson and Morrison have been booked into the Multnomah County Jail. Carter was booked late Monday afternoon.

The search began after police were called at about 12:50 a.m. to the cafe on a report of an armed robbery in progress. When officers arrived they saw three people fleeing the area on foot. They were described as two African-American men and one white man, all wearing dark clothes.

Officers established a perimeter bounded by Northeast 112th Avenue to 118th Avenue, Halsey Street to Glisan Street. Once it was established, the Special Emergency Reaction Team was called in. According to the police, SERT is activated when violent felonies like armed robbery occur. SERT members the additional training and special equipment available to them to help resolve dangerous situations.

The city's reverse 9-1-1 system was activated to tell people in the area to stay in their homes and call emergency dispatchers if they heard or saw anything unusual.

By early afternoon, the area from Northeast 112th to 118th, and from Halsey to Glisan was still blocked to traffic as SERT officers continued their search of the neighborhood until finding Carter and taking him into custody.