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Police: Suspect arrested in NE Portland bank robbery believed to be connected to other robberies

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Eric B. Smotherman booking photo (Multnomah Co. Jail) Eric B. Smotherman booking photo (Multnomah Co. Jail)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A bank robbery suspect was caught driving away from the scene in northeast Portland, according to police, who later said he may be the suspect in other bank robberies around the area.

Officers responded to KeyBank on the 3800 block of Northeast Broadway Street at 4:24 p.m. Friday.

Employees told police the robber provided a note demanding money and got away with cash. During the initial part of the investigation, witnesses did not mention that the suspect was armed. 

A description of the suspect was broadcast to other officers and one in the area of Northeast 47th Avenue and Halsey Street spotted a person driving who matched the suspect’s description.

 Officers stopped the vehicle and took the suspect into custody. Officers said evidence was found connecting the suspect to the KeyBank robbery during the traffic stop. A firearm was also seized as evidence, according to police.

Late Friday night police identified the suspect as 35-year-old Eric B. Smotherman. Smotherman was taken to the Multnomah County Jail under a United State's Marshal's hold for bank robbery and on a warrant for second-degree theft.

The detectives investigating the case noted that the weapon located in Smotherman's was actually a "realistic-looking replica firearm" after closer examination.

Investigators also believe that Smotherman is likely the suspect in a number of other bank robberies in the Portland area who officers dubbed "The Lazy Leprechaun." It is believed Smotherman may still face additional charges stemming from those investigations.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080 or Brett.Hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov.

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