Two arrested for car jacking, robbery
Police quickly end Saturday crime spree
Two men have been arrested following a Saturday car jacking and tavern robbery.
Joe Krieg, 31, is charged with Possession of Heroin, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possess of a Stolen Vehicle, Attempt to Elude, and four counts of Robbery in the Second Degree. He is lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center on $1,070,555 bail.
Thomas Riffenburg, 26, is charged with four counts of Robbery in the Second Degree and a Parole Violation. He is lodged is the Multnomah County Detention Center on $1 million bail.
According to police, at 8:55 p.m. on Jan. 14, East Precinct officers responded to a call of a car jacking at Essex Park located in the 7800 block of Southeast Center. when they arrived, the officers learned the Elizabeth Goehring, 19, and three of her friends were at the park when they were approached by two men. One of the men demanded her car keys and pointed a gun at her. Goehring gave the suspects the keys to her 2011 Ford Fusion.
Not long after the suspects left the park, Nicks Double Up Tavern at Southeast 80th and Powell was robbed. As officers responded, they saw the car that just stolen and pursued it.
The suspects stopped the car in the area of Southeast 97th and Francis and fled on foot. The driver, Riffenburg, was pursued by officers on foot, caught and he was arrested.
The officers then set up a perimeter and called for a police canine. They located and arrested Krieg, and recovered a firearm.
No one was hurt in either crime.
Portland Police robbery detectives and members of the Forensic Evidence Division are assisting in the investigation.