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FLIR camera helps catch armed robbery suspect in NE Portland; pair arrested

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Officers converging on armed robbery suspect, center, in NE Portland. (Image from police plane FLIR camera, courtesy Portland Police Bureau) Officers converging on armed robbery suspect, center, in NE Portland. (Image from police plane FLIR camera, courtesy Portland Police Bureau)
Police arrested an armed robbery suspect who was spotted by police from above. (Image from police plane FLIR camera, courtesy Portland Police Bureau) Police arrested an armed robbery suspect who was spotted by police from above. (Image from police plane FLIR camera, courtesy Portland Police Bureau)
Kendall Kuhns, Gary Doser (jail booking photos) Kendall Kuhns, Gary Doser (jail booking photos)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A FLIR camera on a police plane helped catch an armed robbery suspect hiding in a yard in northeast Portland, according to officers.

Police attempted to stop a Chevy Equinox near Northeast 102nd and Halsey Street at 10:44 p.m. Wednesday due to reckless driving, but the driver made some quick turns and the officer lost sight of the vehicle.

Soon after, officers learned that an armed robbery had occurred nearby at Original Joe's on the 10200 block of Northeast Halsey Street.

Believing the two were related, officers from multiple precincts, the Gang Enforcement Team and the Canine Unit responded to the area to search for suspects.

The Air Support Unit with a thermal imaging FLIR camera was also utilized.

Police said the first suspect, later identified as 43-year-old Kendall Jeris Kuhns, was caught at Northeast 101st and Bell Drive.

Officers continued to search the area and found cash, clothing and a handgun believed to have been used in the robbery. The gun was determined to be an Airsoft replica firearm.

The police plane reported seeing a heat signature consistent with a person hiding behind a fence on the 10000 block of Northeast Weidler Street.

Officers converged on the area and captured the second suspect, identified as 47-year-old Gary Doser.

Kuhns is believed to have carried out the robbery at Original Joe's, while Doser is the suspected getaway driver. They were both booked into the Multnomah County Jail on robbery charges. Doser is also being held on a parole violation.

"This is an example of the outstanding police work we have come to expect from our officers," said Assistant Chief of Operations Bob Day. "The community is safer because of these arrests."

Detectives are continuing to investigating multiple additional armed robberies in the Portland area and police said the suspects in this case could face additional charges.

Anyone with information about these suspects and their connection to other armed robberies should contact the Robbery Detail at 503-823-0405.

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