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Banks man charged with robbing auto parts store at knife-point

Jake Wayne Brown, who allegedly netted less than $500, faces up to seven years in prison

A Banks-area man faces up to seven years in prison after being charged with robbing the town's auto parts store at knife-point earlier this month.

A Washington County grand jury on Thursday charged Jake Wayne Brown, 18, of Banks, with Robbery I, Robbery II and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Brown was already in Washington County Jail for failing to appear in court for unrelated theft and trespassing charges.

According to Sgt. David Thompson, Washington County Sheriff's spokesman, a man wearing a bandanna that covered his face entered Sunset Auto Parts at 101 N. Main St. on Monday, Jan. 7, around 2:12 p.m.

The man brandished a knife and demanded the money from the store's cash register. The store clerk complied, and the man left with less than $500.

Washington County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene shortly thereafter with a tracking dog but failed in their attempt to pick up the man's trail.

Sheriff's office detectives developed leads by talking to community members and gathered enough information to secure an indictment.

Thompson said the crime is the only armed robbery in Banks in recent memory and was carried out at an unlikely location.

'It's unusual for somebody to rob an auto parts store,' Thompson said.

Brown faces up to seven years in prison for the crime, according to Thompson. Both Robbery I and Robbery II fall under Oregon's mandatory sentencing law.