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Family of shooting victim pleads for witnesses to help solve crime

Security guard was shot to death outside Grand Central Bowl in mid-February
by: Nick Fochtman Ken Greene, brother of security guard Robert Greene who was slain in a mid-February shooting outside Grand Central Bowl, asked Friday that witnesses provide information about the crime.

The brother of a security guard shot and killed outside a Southeast Portland bowling alley last month pleaded Friday for eye witnesses to come forward and help police solve the crime on Friday.

Ken Greene told reporters at Portland Police Bureau headquarters that his brother, 30-year-old Robert Greene, was a fun-loving man who had no enemies.

'Everyone who knew Robert liked him,' Ken Greene said. 'This has been very hard on the family. We need to resolve it to move forward.'

Police detectives called the Friday afternoon press conference to announce an additional $2,100 reward funded by the Greene family for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Robert Greene's death. That reward will be added to the $1,000 offered through CrimeStoppers.

Appearing with Ken Greene, police bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson said detectives know there are eye witnesses who can solve the crime who are not talking and are unwilling to appear before a grand jury.

'We are hoping the additional reward money will help convince them to come forward,' Simpson said.

Simpson also announced that police believe the suspect, a black man, left the scene with a group of other people in a dark SUV.

According to police, on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 1:28 a.m., officers responded to the report of a shooting outside the Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge in the 800 block of Southeast Morrison Street. They found Robert Greene dead from a gunshot wound.

Greene was working security at the time of the shooting. He was reportedly outside watching a disturbance when the suspect came around a corner of the building and shot him. Police do not believe he was the intended target.

'He was in the wrong place at the wrong time,' said Simpson.

Simpson said witnesses can leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.