A bag similar to the one carried by the Little Things Jewelry Shop robber.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
Detectives are distributing a sketch of a suspect and announcing a $1,000 reward after a pregnant jewelry shop owner was tied up during a northwest Portland robbery.
The robber allegedly used a knife to threaten the shop owner at Little Things Jewelry Shop on Northwest Lovejoy Street around 7:45 p.m. Monday. He then tied her up and robbed her.
"He asks me if I can break a $100 bill and I said, of course I can, and then one thing led to another and that's when he tied me up and took the cash I had and left the store," said Andrea Angell, owner of Little Things.
Angell said that even though he tied her up, he didn't hurt her and was apologetic for what he was doing.
"He was remorseful and he was saying I'm sorry I'm doing this to you and I have a drug problem and I just need some cash," said Angell.
Eventually, Angell was able to free her hands and call 911.
Employees at Western Bike Works, a nearby bike shop, think the suspect later tried to help the victim.
Around 7:30 p.m., someone with a restricted number called the bike shop twice and told them the woman in the jewelry store was in trouble.
"We were informed that the woman across the street had locked herself in her store and that the keys were underneath the dumpster," said Patrick Bohan, from Western Bike Works.
When Bohan went to get the woman's keys, he noticed police pulling up and he pieced the incident together.
Despite everything Angell has been through, she's still staying positive and isn't letting this robber get her down.
She said she has a lot of support from the community and wants everyone to know her store is open for business.
"Of course I'm angry. It's my business. It's my reputation and I don't want others people to feel scared either," added Angell.
The robber is a white man in his late 20s to early 30s and 5'6" to 5'8" tall with a slender build. He has dark blue or hazel eyes and a reddish-gray goatee. During the crime, he wore a black hoodie, blue jeans and a black shirt. He also wore a black baseball cap and carried a Chrome Falcon messenger bag. Police released a photo similar to the bag he was carrying.
A cash reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for info that results in an arrest. Tips can be made online at www.crimestoppersoforegon.com or by texting 274637 and typing "823HELP" followed by the tip.
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