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2013 review: FBI catches Scappoose bank robber

In late November, a 20-year-old man robbed the Scappoose Fred Meyer’s Chase Bank and absconded with $1,700 in what was the city’s first bank robbery in about five years (“Suspected Scappoose bank robber arrested, likely to face multiple charges,” Nov. 29). The event immediately sparked a manhunt that brought law enforcement from multiple agencies through the entire south Scappoose area, into the hills to the west of the city, and eventually to Wood Village where, four days later, two men were detained in association with a chain of bank robberies.

Travis David Johnson, 20, was charged with the robbery of the Scappoose Chase Bank among other banks in the Portland metropolitan area. The Scappoose Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation worked together to find the man who police say robbed the bank inside Scappoose’s Fred Meyer.

A Portland-based FBI task force detained Johnson and St. Helens resident Ryan Joseph Beisley, 29,  while investigating the series of bank robberies in the region. Police said the two suspects tried to rob a bank inside a Wood Village Fred Meyer in the presence of the investigators before attempting to flee. The two were unsuccessful and were taken into custody by the detectives.

Johnson and Beisley were arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a United States Marshals Service hold. The two, sharing the same case, had a detention hearing Dec. 3 and were arraigned on bank robbery and attempted bank robbery charges Thursday, Dec. 26, according to a representative from Portland’s United States District Court. 

After calling off the manhunt that ensued after the Scappoose Chase Bank was robbed, police received a call regarding an abandoned white Honda Civic on Dutch Canyon Road near Raymond Creek Road. Officers responding to the call determined the Honda was stolen and likely used by the suspect. A St. Helens canine unit then found discarded clothing that matched the description of the suspect’s attire about a quarter of a mile from the abandoned car.

Lt. Norm Miller, acting head of the Scappoose Police Department, said the SPD worked with the FBI, as well as law enforcement agencies in Multnomah County, Clackamas County, and Washington County to go over evidence and investigate any leads.

Miller added that bank robberies are fairly rare in the county.

“All the officers that night, all the agencies, they did a great job,” Miller said at the time. “Everyone put their heads together to watch videos and look over photographs to solve this. It was awesome.”