Deli clerk chased suspect away
by: Contributed photo A clerk chased away this suspect during an attempted robbery on July 10. Officials are asking for the public's help identifying the suspect.

An accused robber, who a failed to hold up a video-poker establishment when a courageous clerk chased him away, is now behind bars.

Portland police arrested Daniel Neil Gillin, 35, of Northeast Portland on Thursday, July 14, on an allegation of second-degree robbery in connection to the Sunday, July 10, attempted robbery of Dotty's Deli at 2705 N.E. 238th Drive in Wood Village.

The suspect entered the business and implied he had a gun in his jacket, said Lt. Steve Alexander, sheriff's office spokesman. Realizing the man was a robber, the clerk chased the suspect out of the store, punched the man and sprayed him with pepper spray as the suspect ran to his vehicle. When the suspect managed to get into his vehicle - and appeared to be reaching under the seat for something - the clerk slammed the car door on the man's leg several times before the suspect managed to escape in a white 1990's Ford Explorer.

On Thursday, a Portland police officer noticed a man standing near a vehicle at Southeast Sixth Avenue and Stark Street in Portland and realized the man was wanted for first-degree robbery in Washington County. In fact, the man was the subject of an investigative bulletin the Washington County Sheriff's Office had released just a day before.

Multnomah County detectives relayed to Portland police that the man also was wanted in connection to the Wood Village robbery, and he was arrested in connection to both. Gillin is being held on $50,000 bail at the Multnomah County Detention Center.

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