June 11, 2013 17:30This afternoon, Tuesday June 11, 2013, at 12:57 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the Albina Community Bank, located at 4020 Northeast Fremont Street.
Officers arrived in the area and contacted bank employees who told police that the suspect entered the bank and demanded money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect ran out of the bank and was last seen southbound on 40th Avenue.
The suspect was described as an African American male in his late-50s, 5'9" tall, thin build, wearing a white hat, and beige coat. The suspect implied a weapon but none was actually seen.
Officers canvassing the area located a vehicle with a passenger matching the suspect's description. The vehicle was stopped at Northeast 41st Avenue and Wistaria Drive.
Witnesses positively identified the passenger as the bank robbery suspect. The driver was interviewed by police but released without charges.
The suspect, 60-year-old Herbert Lee Scruggs Sr., was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a Federal hold. Federal Bank Robbery charges are pending.
Detectives are continuing to investigate whether or not Scruggs is the suspect in two similar robberies at this bank on June 20, 2011, and April 22, 2013.
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Sgt. Pete Simpson