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Carjacking, bank robbery suspect says he made bad decisions

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21-year-old Aaron Larson is not the kind of guy you typically see on the news, let alone in jail. But he sat down with FOX 12 for a jailhouse interview Tuesday charged with robbery and unauthorized use of a vehicle related to a crime spree in Sandy. Larson says it was a terrible choice.

“I mean, I hadn’t been planning it, no,” said Larson.  “I didn’t have anything planned, that’s for sure.”

Police say it started at the Sandy Walgreens on Monday around noon. That’s when they say Larson carjacked a woman at gunpoint, stealing her Toyota Land Cruiser. Then, Larson allegedly drove the SUV to U.S. Bank and robbed a clerk, making off with a large amount of cash.

Larson has no criminal record and he says he doesn’t do drugs. In fact, until recently, Larson says he had a full time job with Fed Ex and was going to Portland State University. He said he hit a rough patch and felt desperate.

“Honestly, I needed the money for rent. I wasn’t trying to get it to have fun or anything like that. It was just out of necessity”, said Larson. “It’s almost impossible to work full time, go to school and have your own place. That’s the only reason I did it.”

During his get away, police say Larson crashed the stolen car in some bushes and ran, dropping money along the way. Officers eventually caught and arrested him.

Larson wants to apologize to his family and anyone he scared or hurt during the alleged crime spree. He says it was a moment of weakness and bad decisions.

“Obviously my head wasn’t straight and a lot of things went bad in a short amount of time.”

Larson made his first court appearance in the case Tuesday. He’s being held in the Clackamas County Jail on $500,000 bail.

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