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Suspects indicted for robbery after shooting at victim

June 03, 2003 00:00


On Tuesday, June 3, 2003, a Multnomah County Grand Jury indicted 23-year-old Brandon Kaufman on two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, and two counts of Robbery in the Second Degree and 22-year-old Jason Elbon on one count of Robbery in the First Degree in connection with an armed robbery. The robbery occurred on May 8, 2003, at 2:16 p.m. when the victim, a 47-year-old female, was walking on the sidewalk in the 8700 block of Southeast Mill Street and was confronted by Kaufman who was reportedly armed with a handgun.

The victim stated that Kaufman took her purse and fled after a short struggle. After losing control of her purse, the victim chased Kaufman who ran toward a waiting vehicle driven by Elbon. Kaufman allegedly fired a shot at the victim prior to jumping into the car. The investigation was assigned to Robbery Detectives who arrested the suspects on May 27, 2003.

Detectives have seen a recent increase in purse-snatch type pedestrian robberies and strongly encourage victims not to fight with armed suspects. Victims can best assist investigators by immediately reporting criminal activity and remembering details of the suspect's description.

Photographs of Kaufman and Elbon are available, via e-mail, from the Portland Police Bureau Identification Division at (503) 823-0382.

This investigation is continuing.


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