July 17, 2012 11:15Portland Police Robbery detectives are investigating two pedestrian armed robberies that occurred overnight in the Rose City Park neighborhood that may be related to each other.
On Tuesday July 17, 2012, at 12:56 a.m., Portland Police officers assigned to North Precinct responded to the report of an armed robbery at Northeast 43rd Avenue and Fremont Street.
Officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim who told police that he was robbed at gunpoint by two men who approached him as he was unlocking his bike from a bike rack. The victim, 39-year-old Robert Cunningham of Northeast Portland, told police that one of them was armed with a handgun while the second suspect rifled through the victim's backpack. The victim told police that the suspects took his wallet and a pair of plaid pants and fled the area on foot.
The victim described the suspect with the gun as a light-skinned African American or possibly Hispanic male, 16-18 years old, 5'6" tall, 250 pounds, wearing a yellow jacket, with long hair pulled back into a ball on the back of his head and the ball of hair was bleached a light orange color. The victim described the gun as a handgun.
The victim described the second suspect as a light-skinned African American or possibly Hispanic male, 16-18 years old, 5'6" tall, 180 pounds, wearing dark clothing, a dark baseball cap with a flat bill and some type of logo on the front.
Officers and a Police K-9 Unit checked the neighborhood and located the victim's wallet and pants but did not locate the suspects. The victim's debit card was taken from his wallet.
At 1:32 a.m., Portland Police officers from North Precinct responded to the report of an armed robbery at Northeast 50th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. The victim, 55-year-old Michael Steven Staley of Northeast Portland, told police that he was walking on Sandy Boulevard when he was approached from behind by three men. The victim threw down his cane and tried to run but the suspects caught up with him and one of the men pointed a gun at him.
One of the suspects removed the victim's wallet from his pocket and all three suspects ran away after the victim flagged down a passing taxi cab.
The victim described the suspect with the gun as a male in his 20s, 5'10" tall, 190 pounds, with a large, puffy afro haircut, possibly Haitian descent, wearing a dark track jacket and dark athletic shorts.
The second suspect is described as an African American or Hispanic male in his early 20s, 5'8" tall, wearing a black baseball cap, black t-shirt and athletic shorts.
The third suspect is described as an African American or Hispanic male in his early 20s, 5'8" tall, wearing a t-shirt and shorts.
Officers and a Police K-9 Unit canvassed the neighborhood and did locate and recover a replica firearm (pellet gun) that may have been used by the suspects.
Robbery detectives believe the two cases may be related and would like to hear from anyone with information. Anyone with information about either of these robberies can call Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.
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Sgt. Pete Simpson