Police respond to two armed robberies
Two arrested, one with self-inflicted gunshot wound
Portland police responded to two armed robberies over the weekend.
The most recent one happened around 2:00 a.m. on Sunday. East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the Plaid Pantry located at 6630 Northeast Glisan Street. When they arrived, the officers contacted the victim, who told them that the suspect entered the store displaying a handgun. The suspect threatened to shoot the victim and took all the cash in the register.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, medium build, goatee, wearing black pants and a black hoody, armed with a handgun. The officers checked the neighborhood for the suspect, but did not find anyone matching his description.
The first robbery happened around 1:40 a.m on Saturday. East Precinct responded to the report of a robbery in progress at Gator's Bar & Grill, located at 6605 Southeast Powell Boulevard. Minutes after the call came in to 9-1-1, the first arriving officers spotted two African-American males running out of the bar and into a car, which immediately sped away out of the area. Officers spoke to witnesses to the robbery and learned that both men were armed during the robbery.
Officers pursued the vehicle for approximately three minutes until tit crashed into a parked car at Southeast 52nd Avenue and Taylor Street. The two suspects ran out of the vehicle. One was captured by police almost immediately and taken into custody. The second suspect disappeared into the neighborhood.
Police established a perimeter around the neighborhood and began searching it with the assistance of a K-9 Unit, which led officers to a residence in the 1200 block of Southeast 51st Avenue, where the suspect barricaded himself in an attached mud room to the residence. The suspect refused to communicate with police, who were concerned that he was still armed after the robbery. The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) were activated to respond to the scene.
Officers maintained a tight perimeter around the location and the suspect started yelling that he'd been shot in the leg. The suspect then complied with officer's commands and surrendered to police. Medical personnel immediately transported the man to a Portland hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg, which was later determined to be self-inflicted.
The first suspect arrested, Antwaun Leshawn Spencer, 29, was charged with three counts of Robbery in the First Degree, Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle, Reckless Driving, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, and Driving While Suspended.
The second suspect arrested was not immediately identified.
No officers, patrons of the business or residents of the neighborhood were injured.