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Skateboarding boy reports robbery at gunpoint


Incident occurs near Rogers Park

A 17-year-old Forest Grove boy reported being robbed at gunpoint by three teens Monday, July 15, according to Forest Grove police. The victim contacted police at about 9 p.m. and told them he had been skateboarding on Elm Street near Rogers Park two hours earlier when a youth jumped out of the bushes and pushed him.

According to the report, two other teens joined the first and one pulled out a gun. The victim said the attackers ordered him to remove his backpack and empty his pockets. They then left with his backpack, skateboard and some personal items, according to the report. The victim said he recognized one of the attackers, said Forest Grove Police Capt. Mike Herb. Police located two suspects four blocks from the alleged attack and arrested Cody Raymond Wilson, 18, and Anthony Bernier, 19, both of Forest Grove, for robbery in the first degree, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and the possession, delivery and manufacture of marijuana. The 15-year-old was arrested on the same charges, plus unlawful possession of a firearm, after a gun suspected of being used in the crime was recovered from his home. The firearm belonged to a parent of the 15-year-old, Herb said.

The drug charges were later dropped, Herb said. According to Herb, one suspect confessed that the three had thrown the victim's backpack atop a building in the 2300 block of Pacific Avenue. After midnight that same night, Forest Grove Fire & Rescue raised a ladder to the building’s roof, where they found the backpack with the victim’s belongings and marijuana inside. Herb said the incident may be drug- and gang-related, and the meeting may have started as a drug transaction. “It may be a drug rip-off,” he said. Police are still investigating, Herb added. Wilson and Bernier were taken to the Washington County Jail. The 15-year-old was taken to the Washington County Juvenile Department. The three were still in custody as of Monday afternoon. Spencer Wilson, who appears to be Cody Wilson's father, commented on the Forest Grove Police Department's Facebook post about the incident, writing that a police officer told him the police knew Cody didn’t directly rob the victim, but because Cody Wilson was "in the background," he might have “masterminded” the attack. “That kid doesn’t master mind anything he doesn’t have the foresight to pack a lunch before he goes to work yet he came up with a plan to rob someone not likely,” wrote Spencer Wilson. Attempts to reach him for further comment by phone and Facebook were not successful.