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Two Suspects Arrested inLloyd Center Robbery

December 03, 2004 00:00


On Friday, December 03, 2004, Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detectives charged 22-year-old Steven Parsi and 36-year-old Willie Hobdy with five counts of Robbery in the First Degree and two counts Attempted Aggravated Murder in connection with the October 21, 2004, armed robbery of the Ben Bridge Jeweler in Lloyd Center. The arrests are the result of a coordinated investigation involving contact and cooperation with representatives of the US Marshal’s Office, FBI, Oregon State Police, LAPD Special Investigation Unit, Santa Anna Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s.

Parsi has been in police custody since his arrest on November 4, 2004 by the US Marshal’s office on an unrelated robbery warrant from California. Hodby has been in custody since his arrest on November 18, 2004, in connection with an unrelated bank robbery. Investigators believe that both suspects are professional robbers from the Los Angles area who are responsible for similar crimes in other jurisdictions.

During the armed robbery, two suspects entered the Ben Bridge Jeweler wearing ski masks and dark clothing. One suspect, believed to be Parsi, was armed with a sledgehammer. The second, believed to be Hobdy, was armed with a handgun. The suspects broke display cases stealing the contents while holding employees at gunpoint. At one point, a Lloyd Center security guard entered the store. Detectives believe Hobdy shot at the guard as the guard fled the store. An additional shot was fired at another security guard as the suspects fled the area. Suspects fired at least four rounds during the robbery. The majority of the crime was captured on security video cameras.

Detectives credit the uniform officers who quickly located the suspect’s getaway car and cordoned off the crime scene, which preserved vital evidence, as a key factors in this investigation.



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