A masked man brandishing a knife robbed a Gresham woman in her home on Wednesday afternoon.

The robbery took place at 1:54 p.m. at a house in the 1200 block of Northeast 25th Street east of Red Sunset Park, said Lt. Claudio Grandjean, Gresham Police spokesman.

The victim, a 42-year-old woman, told police that she heard her garage door closing — it had been left open a few feet — and she assumed it was her son coming home. Then the door leading from the garage to the house opened, and in walked a man wearing a knit mask.

“They both seemed surprised,” Grandjean said.

Startled, the woman demanded to know what he was doing in her house.

That's when the suspect, who was armed with a knife, demanded the woman's money. He rifled through her purse, took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.

The victim was not injured, and it's unclear whether the man intended to break into the house and didn't realize anyone was home or whether he intended to rob whoever might be home, Grandjean said.

The suspect is described as a short and squat Caucasian man in his 20s, about 5-foot-5-inches tall and approximately 170 pounds. He was wearing shorts and a white hoodie.

Anyone with information on the robbery or a possible suspect is asked to call the Gresham Police tip line at 503-618-2719.

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