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Police seek information about roadside robbery

St. Helens man assaulted after offering assistance to driver of disabled vehicle

Oregon State Police are seeking information from the public about a robbery and assault that occurred Monday, Dec. 21, in Deer Island.

Sometime between 5:45 a.m. and 7:20 a.m., Charles Rice, 60, of St. Helens, was robbed and assaulted at a weigh station in Deer Island near milepost 33 on Highway 30, according to Oregon State Police. Rice stopped his black Chevrolet pickup truck to help an apparently disabled motorist when the incident occurred. Afterwards, Rice was assisted by an unidentified passerby.

PHOTO COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - Charles Rice, 60, of Scappoose, was driving this truck when he stopped to help a disabled vehicle on Highway 30 in Deer Island. The driver of the disabled vehicle allegedly assaulted and robbed Rice on Monday, Dec. 21, in the early morning. Police are asking for assistance in the case.The suspect's vehicle was described as a dark Toyota-type SUV with Idaho license plates. The vehicle also had a decal in the back window of a stick-figure family with one adult, an animal, and two children, which police noted was intended to indicate a dysfunctional family.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, with blonde hair and a large ear-lobe piercing. The suspect was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket with a fur-lined hood and black cargo pants.

OSP is seeking any public information regarding the suspect or the individual who assisted Rice. Police are also seeking information from anyone who may have seen the suspect's vehicle parked near the weigh station scales on Dec. 21.

Contact the Oregon State Police Dispatch Center with information at 1-800-452-7888.