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Armed man tries to rob Tigard Skippers

The man gets away with only a stolen car; police are seeking witnesses

TIGARD - A man walked into the Tigard Skippers restaurant Saturday evening with more on his mind than ordering fish and fries.

Armed with a long gun, he entered the restaurant located at 11685 S.W. Pacific Highway at approximately 8:50 p.m., demanded money and pointed the weapon at an employee, according to Jim Wolf, Tigard police public information officer.

'When the suspect was distracted by one of several customers in the dining area who made an outburst, both employees working behind the counter fled the store out a back door,' Wolf said. 'The gunman then turned to another customer standing approximately 5 feet away (and) pointed the weapon while demanding the keys to her vehicle. The suspect then fled out to the parking lot and drove off in the stolen vehicle.'

No one was injured during the incident. At the time of the robbery, there were approximately five to seven customers in the dining area, some of whom were young children.

All the customers fled out of a side door in the dining area when it became apparent a robbery was in progress, Wolf said.

The stolen vehicle was recovered late Tuesday afternoon at an apartment complex parking lot in Beaverton.

Tigard police had the vehicle transferred to the Washington County Sheriff's office for evidence processing.

The suspect is described as an adult male, possibly Hispanic or black, 6 feet tall and 200-plus pounds. The suspect was wearing a black heavy-weight jacket with a hood and a full-face knit ski mask along with large sunglasses. The weapon he possessed appeared to be black with a wood stock.

Police are requesting that the witnesses present in the restaurant at the time of the robbery contact Det. Gary Wayt at 503-718-2577.