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Police: Bank robber who wore wig, fake beard arrested in SE Portland

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Surveillance images from attempted bank robbery at Wells Fargo in SE Portland, along with jail booking photo of Phillip Nelson Surveillance images from attempted bank robbery at Wells Fargo in SE Portland, along with jail booking photo of Phillip Nelson
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A wanted bank robbery suspect who was caught on camera wearing a wig and fake beard was arrested in southeast Portland, according to police.

Investigators said Phillip Nelson, 46, first attempted to rob a Wells Fargo bank on the 12000 block of Southeast Division Street at 11:34 a.m. Saturday.

Surveillance images showed the suspect in disguise and also wearing a blue plaid shirt and blue plaid shorts over his jeans.

Police said Nelson did not make any threats and did not display a weapon. He left without obtaining any cash and remained on the loose until Monday.

At 1 p.m. Monday, police responded to another bank robbery at the U.S. Bank on the 16000 block of Southeast Division Street, two miles away from the Wells Fargo branch.

Police said the suspect in the U.S. Bank robbery did not display any weapons, but he got away with an undisclosed amount of money.

Officers searched the neighborhood and spotted the suspect walking out between houses on the 3300 block of Southeast 158th Avenue.

Officers chased him and eventually took Nelson into custody. Investigators said Tuesday he is facing charges in connection to both cases.

Nelson was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on charges of second-degree robbery, third-degree escape and resisting arrest. He also has a federal hold for bank robbery charges.

Nelson was scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. district court Tuesday afternoon.

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