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Sherwood woman in wheelchair robbed in broad daylight

The 44-year-old woman had just withdrawn money from a grocery store bank on Tualatin-Sherwood Road when she was approached by a man with his right hand in his pocket


by: RAY PITZ - Sherwood police are looking for a man who robbed a 44-year-old Sherwood woman after she made a withdrawl from a U.S. Bank in-store branch on Tualatin-Sherwood Road April 3.
A 44-year-old Sherwood woman in a wheelchair was robbed Wednesday shortly after withdrawing money from the U.S. Bank in the Albertson’s grocery store on Tualatin-Sherwood Road.

Sherwood police said the woman was returning home along Trumpeter Drive (just a few blocks from the store) around noon when she heard the man approaching from behind.

“He just stepped in front of my wheelchair (demanded money) and said ‘I have a weapon.’ I don’t want to hurt you,” she said. “I handed him the money; then he took off.”

Police said the suspect, described as a 30-year-old Hispanic male, wearing a dark beanie, blue jeans and a dark jacket with a light shirt underneath, ran towards Sherwood Boulevard. A search by Sherwood and King City police officers for the man was unsuccessful, according to Capt. Mark Daniel, a Sherwood police spokesman.

“I wasn’t paying attention to my surroundings like I normally do,” said the woman, who has lived in Sherwood for five years and said she usually feels safe in the city of 18,000 residents.

The victim said she believes the man may have followed her after she withdrew the money.

“I was kind of just dazed,” she said about the incident.

Although she can walk short distances, the woman said she needs the wheelchair because she suffers from fibromyalgia and right-sided weakness.

Within 35 minutes of the police’s press release announcing the robbery, the woman said she had been contacted by every major Portland news station and was waiting to be interviewed by one of them when the Sherwood Gazette contacted her.

Police officers are continuing to contact local businesses in the area in an attempt to identify the suspect through video surveillance or eyewitness accounts. The investigation is ongoing, according to police.



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