Law enforcement agencies ask for help in identifying serial robbery suspect
VANCOUVER, Wash. (KPTV) - More than 10 law enforcement agencies are looking for a suspect tied to over 30 robberies in southwest Washington and the Portland metro area that took place between April 7 and June 6.
Police believe the same suspect is responsible for robberies at coffee shops, hotels, auto parts stores, restaurants, gas stations, a cosmetics store and at least one adult store. Law enforcement agencies including the Vancouver Police Department, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police Bureau, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washougal Police Department, Gresham Police Department, Lake Oswego Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, West Linn Police Department and Gladstone Police Department have been investigating these incidents in various locations.
Based on surveillance videos from several locations, police describe the suspect as a white man between the ages of 30 and 35 with brown hair and a brown beard. He is believed to be between 5′8 and 5′10 in height and weighing about 160 pounds. The suspect usually wears a face covering and baseball cap during his robberies. He demands cash with a handgun then flees the scene.
“He comes in, walks around the store, looks around and approaches the cashier, pulls out his gun and asks him to hand over the money. Then while he’s leaving, he turns around and says I’ll make sure that I’ll take care of you, then he leaves,” says Saeed Anwar, owner of the Quick Shop which was robbed in May.
“The person who got robbed at gun point is shaken up really bad,” Anwar says. “He doesn’t work for ten days, we have to increase coverage at night so instead of one person working, we have two people working which is of course an increase in payroll and you know now that convenience stores are barely making it.”
Anwar says it’s hard enough to find workers and no one wants to work in fear.
“It’s hard to hire folks and then you have possible threat that somebody’s gonna walk in and pull out a gun and then rob you so you really can’t get much employees anymore.”
Anwar says it’s alarming that this single suspect has robbed so many places and is still out there, but that he’s tricky to spot because he acts like a customer at first and keeps his face covered.
“We pray that he gets caught because it’s been 30 now so when is the time that somebody’s gonna get to him? If he gets caught that would be great -- that’s what we’re praying for.”
Anyone with information about identity or location of the suspect is asked to call 911. Police do not recommend approaching the suspect as he is believed to be armed and dangerous.
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