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Police seek help finding robbery suspect who struck twice in one day

Man said he had a gun while robbing businesses in Troutdale, Gresham


by: MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Video shot of suspect in robberies in Gresham and Troutdale.Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information on a recent robbery in Gresham and an earlier one in Troutdale the same day. In both cases, the suspect claimed to have a gun.

Public help is being sought to locate the man, described as a white male in his early 20s, about 170 pounds, 5-feet-10 to 6-feet tall, according to a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office press release. The release also states the suspect has a large nose and acne across the bridge of his nose and his cheeks. He was wearing blue jeans, a hooded plaid jacket and gloves during both robberies.

Information for the reward must lead to an arrest and conviction. Anyone with information should call Detective Ken Yohe at the Multnomah County Sheriff's office at 503-251-2515.

The suspect's first robbery, which he left empty-handed, was at 7:23 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Troutdale Plaid Pantry store on West Columbia River Highway. The suspect said he had a gun in his pocket, but fled east when the clerk refused to hand over any money and called 9-1-1.

Lt. Steve Alexander, public information officer for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Department, said he did not have information on whether the suspect fled on foot or in a vehicle.

The second robbery attempt was about a half hour later, at 7:56 p.m. at the Orient Country Market in the 29000 block of Southeast Orient Drive in Gresham. This time, the robber also told the clerk he had a gun and left the market with about $100 in cash.

The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and Troutdale police are conducting a joint investigation on the robberies.

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