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Victim robbed after she withdrew cash from a grocery store bank

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 April 3 shortly after withdrawing money from the U.S. Bank in the Albertson’s grocery store on Southwest 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,'” recalled Patty Lamb. “I handed him the money; then he took off.”

Police said the suspect, described as a 30-year-old Hispanic man, 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 suspect was unsuccessful, according to Capt. Mark Daniel, a Sherwood police spokesman.

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

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

“I was kind of just dazed,” Lamb 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.

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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