Police nab armed robbery suspect in Hollywood District

Robert Lee Wingfield is wanted by the FBI for alleged bank heists in Portland area
by: Courtesy of, Robert Lee Wingfield

Portland police have arrested a dangerous armed robbery suspect in Northeast Portland who fled after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.

Police say Robert Lee Wingfield, 38, lead them on a high-speed chase westbound on I-84 before exiting the freeway in the Hollywood District and fleeing on foot.

Sgt. Brian Schmautz with the Portland Police Bureau said Wingfield broke into a car about a block away from where he ditched the van he had been driving. Police found him hiding in that car just before 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, after they had blocked off the area of Northeast 41st Avenue to Northeast 46th Avenue from Northeast Thompson Street to Northeast Sandy Boulevard for more than two hours.

Wingfield is wanted by the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force in connection with the July 10 robbery of a U.S. Bank branch in Milwaukie. According to the FBI, Wingfield is also a suspect in other bank robberies and violent crimes in the Portland metro area and in Columbia County.