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Portland police investigating weekend robberies

UPDATE: Employee injured in Sunday afternoon incident


Police are investigating three robberies over the weekend. No suspects were immediately arrested in any of them

In the most serious incident, an employee at the Milwaukie Market suffered a head injury when he was assaulted by one of two armed robbers Sunday afternoon. He was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive. His name was not immediately released.

According to police, at 2:42 p.m. on Oct. 9, Central Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at the market, located at 4401 Southeast Milwaukie Avenue.

Officers arrived in the area and contacted the employee, who was suffering from a head injury. He said that two men entered the market and ordered the man to the floor. One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and hit the victim in the face with the gun, causing the injuries.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspects fled the market. The victim's 5-year-old daughter was in the store at the time of the robbery but hid and was not injured.

Officers searched the neighborhood for the suspects but did not locate anyone matching their descriptions.

The suspects are described as African American males in their late-teens, 5'7" tall, medium build wearing black hats and shirts. The suspect with the gun was wearing silver or gray pants, the other was wearing blue pants.

The first investigation started at 5:17 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, when North Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Walgreen's located at 6116 Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

When officers arrived, they contacted employees who said the suspect approached the pharmacy counter, hopped over it, and told the pharmacist that he was armed with a gun.

The suspect stole several bottles of narcotics and cash before running out of the store.

Several officers checked the area but did not locate anyone matching the suspect's description. No gun was actually seen by the employee.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his mid-20s, 5'10" tall, medium build, wearing dark clothing.

The second investigation began at 1:43 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, when East Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at Joseph's Deli and Lottery, located at 10810 Northeast Halsey Street.

Officers arrived and contacted the employee, who said he closed the business and was in his car ready to leave when the suspect approached, displaying a handgun, and ordered him back into the business.

Once inside, the suspect learned that no cash was accessible in the safe and left without incident.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, wearing a bandana over his face and a hooded sweatshirt. The suspect left the area in a light-colored newer sedan.

Anyone with information about any of the incidents is asked to call Robbery detectives at 503-823-0405.