Portland police said they have arrested a serial robber.
Steven Arbazov was taken into custody after police said he robbed five different places during a period of five days.
Police said Arbazov was linked to five different robberies, and in each case they said he used a knife to get money.
"You know it's scary the fact that he had a weapon," said Myndie Johnson, who works at Checkers Market.
One of those robberies was at the Checkers Market on May 18.
Surveillance video showed a man asking for change, and when the cashier opened the register, he reached in and grabbed for the cash with one hand and swung a knife with the other hand.
"It's a little bit scary, but I've been in this neighborhood a long time so it surprising, but at the same time it's not," added Johnson.
According to the probable cause document, Arbazov admitted to having a heroin addiction for the last 12 years and that he committed the robberies to buy more drugs.
He said he was sorry and that he was not trying to hurt or kill his victims, just trying to scare them.
Kathy Fisher was robbed while she was working at the Java Jazz coffee stand on Southeast Foster.
After that robbery she explained to Fox 12 what happened.
"He went like this at my throat when I backed up over here and I said, 'well I can't back up any further.' There's the register at the other end. If you want the money you will have to go to the other end of the shop," said Fisher.
Police said within five days between May 15 and May 19, Arbazov hit up the coffee stand, a Plaid Pantry, a Shell Gas station, as well as the Checkers Market and the J.C. Rice Noodle Shop.
All of them were within close proximity to each other.
Police said when Arbazov was arrested they found a knife in his pocket.
He's charged with six counts of robbery, and his bail is set at $3 million.
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