2 robbery suspects arrested in SE Portland after standoff, shelter-in-place alert lifted

Police are searching for armed suspects in Southeast Portland, and residents are being asked to shelter in place.
Published: Feb. 1, 2023 at 8:30 AM PST
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PORTLAND, Ore. (KPTV) - Two suspects were arrested Wednesday afternoon after a police search in the Southeast Portland Hazelwood neighborhood, during which residents were asked to shelter in place.

Police said the incident started at 6:30 a.m. when officers responded to an armed robbery at a convenience store in the 2100 block of Southeast Division. No injuries were reported.

Officers searched the area and located two suspects, described as a man and a woman, who matched the description from the robbery. When officers tried to approach the suspects, they ran into the nearby neighborhood.

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Officers closed off Southeast 96th Avenue to Southeast 101st Avenue, Southeast Lincoln Street to Southeast Caruthers Street for several hours Wednesday as they searched for the armed suspects. People in the area were asked to stay inside, lock their doors and windows. Police told schools near the area to secure their perimeters, but they could operate as usual inside.

Police and officers with the Special Emergency Reaction Team and the Crisis Negotiation Team eventually narrowed their search to an apartment in the 2100 block of SE 96nd Avenue. They called to the suspects to come out with a public address system, and while multiple people came out and cooperated, the suspects did not. So police obtained a warrant.

Just after 1 p.m., the suspects came out and were taken into custody.

The apartment was cleared, no other occupants were found and no one was injured, police said.

Officers identified the suspects as Leon D. Vaughn Jr., 29, of Portland, and Chelsea C. Grey, 25, of Lake Oswego, into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Theft in the First Degree.

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Anyone with information is asked to email e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attention: Major Crimes Unit and reference case number 23-29469.

This is developing news. FOX 12 will update this story when new details are released.