Portland police have arrested two men suspected in a string of robberies at area bars throughout the summer.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, officers the arrested Deron A. Crain, 32, Thursday evening in the 600 block of Northeast 178th Avenue. The officers from the PPB Detective Division's Robbery Detail were assisted by the Special Emergency Reaction Team, the Crisis Negotiation Team and the East Metro SWAT team.

Crain was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on 13 counts of first-degree robbery and 14 counts of second-degree robbery.

With Crain in custody, detectives and SERT officers severed search warrants at an apartment in the 1500 block of Northeast 66th Avenue and at a duplex in the 4800 block of North Commercial Avenue.

Information from this investigation led detectives to seek and obtain an arrest warrant for Johntae D. Hammond, 33, who was already in the Clark County Jail for a parole violation of a prior assault conviction.

Hammond is awaiting extradition to Oregon, where he faces arrest for the same 13 counts of first degree-robbery and 14 counts of second-degree robbery Crain faces.

Bureau investigators said the pair is suspected to be behind armed robberies at 15 bars over the last three months.

Lotsa Luck Bar & Grill located at 2136 Southeast Powell Boulevard on June 3 at 1:32 a.m. Jolly Roger Bar located at 1340 Southeast 12th Avenue on June 8 at 2:20 a.m. The Station located at 2703 Northeast Alberta Street on June 10 at 3:01 a.m. Bluefin Bar and Grill located at 7317 Northeast Sandy Boulevard on June 11 at 12:30 a.m. Lodge Bar located at 6605 Southeast Powell Boulevard on June 11 at 2:10 a.m. Concordia Ale House located at 3276 Northeast Killingsworth Street on June 29 at 2:12 a.m. Element Lounge located at 5827 East Burnside Street on July 1 at 11:32 p.m. Mousetrap Tavern located at 2305 North Lombard Street on July 2 at 4:31 a.m. Pappy's Bar and Grill located at 1144 Northeast 82nd Avenue on July 2 at 7:05 a.m. Mad Hanna located at 6129 Northeast Fremont Street on July 7 at 2:18 a.m. Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill located at 5421 North Greeley Avenue on July 10 at 12:48 a.m. Sandy Hut located at 1430 Northeast Sandy Boulevard on July 10 at 2:03 a.m. Hilt Bar located at 1934 Northeast Alberta Street on July 10 at 2:11 a.m. Gilmore Meadows located at 5823 Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard in Milwaukie on July 12 at 1:37 a.m. Perch Tavern located at 7505 North Lombard Street on August 18 at 2:08 a.m.

The Portland Police Bureau is asking anyone with information on the robberies or about Crain or Hammond to please contact Detective Tracy Chamberlin by phone at 503-823-4783 or by email at Tracy.Chamberlin@portlandoregon.gov.

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