1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
June 03, 2003 00:00
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.
Sgt. Pete Simpson