It was 12:43 am, early on Wednesday, November 16, and things were mellow as usual, at the Mt. Scott Pub - a neighborhood fixture at S.E. 72nd Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard.
But, the atmosphere changed in an instant, when employees and patrons saw a 6'1', 220 lb. man swagger into the establishment - with what appeared to be a sawed-off rifle in hand - demanding money from the barkeep.
'East Precinct officers learned that, after seeing the loaded sawed-off rifle, the bartender had fled to the back room,' reported Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. 'The suspect first chased after him, then came back into the bar and opened the cash register and took money.'
If that weren't enough, Simpson said, officers learned that the suspect continued to threaten bar patrons with his rifle.
A second tavern employee, 57-year-old Ormand 'Stub' Fentress, had had enough of this by that time - and grabbed a gun from behind the bar, as the suspect continued to wave around his loaded rifle. 'Fentress fired multiple shots at the suspect's lower body, hitting him, and causing him to fall to the ground,' said Sgt. Simpson.
When the officers got there, they found Fentress holding the suspect at gunpoint.
'The suspect, 30-year-old David D. Moore, was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,' Simpson later revealed. Official records show Moore's hospital stay was brief; he was booked into jail at 2:50 pm later that same day.
After being released from the hospital a day later, Moore was taken to the Multnomah County Detention Center, where he is still in custody on charges of Robbery in the 1st Degree - a class-A felony which imposes $250,000 bail - and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, which is a class C felony with $5,000 bail.
Commenting on the event later, Simpson said that when a person decides to rob a business, and someone inside has a firearm and knows how to use it, 'It can be a bad day for the suspect.'