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Southeast arrest shuts down Portland crime spree

Capture after S.E. chase
by: David F. Ashton, Portland Police say Adam G. Trainor’s crime career ended 70 blocks east of The Cash Store, at S.E. Powell Blvd and 32nd Avenue, which he allegedly had just robbed at gunpoint.

The slender man in his middle twenties got out of a Honda coupe, pulled the hood of a dark sweatshirt over his head, and strode into The Cash Store at 3234 S.E. Powell Blvd.

He'd come in for some fast cash on June 17, under a bright, early-afternoon sunlit sky - but he wasn't about to sign for a loan.

He flashed a gun; the clerk gave him money. As the robber lit out, the clerk called 9-1-1, knowing this criminal transaction had been caught on video.

The report of the broad-daylight robbery crackled across the police radio. The Honda was first spotted near S.E. 60th Powell; the conversation between the police sounded as if the alleged robber had slid around a police roadblock. More squad cars joined in the pursuit.

'He stacked it up at 115 and Division,' was the excited call of an officer. We rounded the corner and spotted a half-dozen patrol cars with lights flashing. One of the patrol cars had come to rest on the side lawn of a home, blocking any escape for the Honda stopped parallel to a backyard fence.

Serial robber nabbed

Portland Police spokesman Det. Paul Dolbey later confirmed for us that sequence of events, and added that Adam Gerard Trainor, 25, of Hillsboro, was arrested for allegedly sticking up The Cash Store, on Powell Boulevard in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood, using a gun.

'He didn't give up without a fight,' Dolbey told us. 'Trainor decided to fight with our officers. They used a Taser on him to take him into custody.'

Noting how the robbery took place on S.E. Powell, Portland Police detectives realized there were similarities to recent gunpoint robberies in Washington County. A young man, matching Trainor's description, previously held up a Subway sandwich shop and Hair Masters salon in Sherwood - as well as Beaverton's Honeycut and Company hair salon - within the past weeks.

Sherwood Police Detective Dwight Onchi told us that he traveled that evening to Portland's Justice Center for an interview with the arrested man. 'Trainor confessed to the Sherwood robberies. And, he admitted he needed money because he was a heroin addict.'

District Attorneys from both Multnomah and Washington Counties are expected to present the reports and statements to a grand jury for possible indictment of Trainor.