Mother, kids safe after carjacking
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
Bank robber leaves phony bomb, flees in stolen SUV
The search continued Tuesday for a man who robbed a northeast Portland bank, left behind a fake bomb, and then carjacked a vehicle from a woman with two kids inside.
The woman had two daughters, ages 14 and 11, inside the vehicle at the time. The man let them out before fleeing in the vehicle, however, and there were no reported injuries.
"Awful situation," said Lt. Robert King, spokesperson for Portland police. "But we also feel really fortunate today that the kids got out of the car, and that he fled [in] the car without anybody else in it."
The suspect is described as white, in his 50s and clean shaven. He was last seen seen wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and a green shirt. He was last seen driving away from the bank in the victim's vehicle, ia white 1997 Toyota 4Runner with license plate 110-CYU.
This all happened Monday afternoon, just before 4 p.m. at a Key Bank branch at Northeast 102nd Avenue. In what one officer at the scene described as a "brazen" robbery, the suspect reportedly had a gun, got the money and left. He also left behind a "suspicious device" that brought out the metro bomb squad.
That suspicious device prompted a call out from the Metropolitan Explosives Disposal Unit, along with the FBI. The streets surrounding the bank were closed during the investigation. However, the device was eventually determined to be a hoax.
Anyone who has information on this case is urged to contact the FBI or Portland Police.
KOIN Local 6 contributed to this story.