The "Nerdy Bandit" Arrested After Early Morning Search Warrant in Southeast Portland's Richmond Neighborhood (Photo)

April 04, 2014 12:45


This morning, Friday April 4, 2014, at 5:00 a.m., the Portland Police Bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) served a search warrant at 3576 Southeast Division Street, in connection with a series of late-2013 robberies at clothing stores.

31-year-old Thaddeus Vachel Lindsay-Woods was arrested and charged with Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and will be arraigned on Monday.

This investigation started on October 4, 2013, at approximately 7:55 p.m., when a suspect walked up to the counter at the American Apparel store, located at 3410 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, and presented a demand note implying that he was armed. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect walked out of the store and was last seen walking eastbound on Hawthorne.

A second robbery occurred on October 11, 2013, at approximately 8:34 p.m., and investigators believe the same suspect entered the American Apparel store located at 1234 Southwest Stark Street and presented a demand note to the employee, who ran away from the register. The suspect then fled the store and was last seen running westbound on West Burnside Street. The suspect did not obtain any money in this robbery.

A third robbery occurred on October 13, 2013, at approximately 6:30 p.m., and investigators believe that the same suspect entered the Urban Outfitters store located at 2320 Northwest Westover Road and demanded money from the employee, but this time the suspect was armed with a handgun. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled out the back entrance onto Northwest 24th Avenue.

In all three robberies, the suspect entered the store and browsed for clothing for several minutes before committing the robbery.

The suspect was described as a white male, early 20s to early 30s, 5'8" to 6' tall, skinny build, brown hair, "nerdyish" (according to one witness), wearing a hat (different in each robbery), yellow teeth, and black-rimmed glasses.

A forensic sketch of the suspect was released to the public and assisted with the identification of Lindsay-Woods. Additionally, Crime Stoppers of Oregon received numerous tips that assisted with the investigation.

Anyone with additional information about these robberies or Lindsay-Woods is asked to contact Detective William Winters at (503) 823-0466 or



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