Bank Robbery In Multnomah Village Neighorbood, Suspect Arrested (Photo)

April 22, 2019 17:10


On Monday, April 22nd, 2019, at 10:59 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the Key Bank, located at 3515 SW Troy Street.

Officers arrived in the area and spoke with employees who told police the suspect, 51-year-old Brett W. Martin, entered the bank and displayed a note demanding money. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, Martin left the bank without incident.

Several officers with the Portland Police Bureau and the Beaverton Police Department located the suspect at the intersection of Southwest Beard Road and Southwest Turquoise Loop in Washington County. He was taken into custody without incident.

Martin was transported and lodged into the Multnomah County Detention Center on a U.S. Marshals Service hold.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detail Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080 or

The Portland Police Bureau and the City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program have some safety tips for robbery victims and tips to prevent robberies:

If you are the victim of robbery:

* Remain calm and don't take action if you believe it could potentially jeopardize your safety.
* Communicate your physical actions before moving (e.g.: "I am going to open the drawer now."
* Be a good witness and take note of height, weight, hair and eye color, tattoos, unique features, and other descriptors that you can provide to the police. Write those down when the suspect has left and it is safe to do so.
* Activate a silent alarm only if you can discreetly do so.
* Do not touch anything the suspect has handled.

Robbery Prevention Tips:

1. Store Layout -- Locate cash registers, aisles and displays so that employees can observe all activities within the store.
2. Lighting -- Make sure the lighting in parking lot is adequate in order to eliminate dark hiding spots where possible robbers can "case the store." Make sure interior lighting is bright.
3. Visibility -- Open up sightlines to your property by trimming vegetation or removing large advertising signs on windows so that activities inside or outside of your store can be observed by employees and passersby.
4. Cash Handling -- Adopt cash control policies limiting the amount of cash on hand. All excess cash should be dropped in the safe or deposited. Consider installing a time-release drop safe to minimize the amount of money a robber could take.
5. Training: Implement protocols for employees and have a plan on file all employees are familiar with.
6. Cameras - Use a camera surveillance system that captures clear images under all lighting conditions. Install security cameras at entry points, over cash registers and parking lots at angles that reveal facial and other features of suspicious individuals. Make sure employees know how to access footage for police. Conduct periodic tests to ensure system is working and capturing video.
7. Report suspicious activity -- If you observe someone acting suspiciously, call the police at 9-1-1 for immediate threats to life or property. Otherwise you can call them at the non-emergency number at 503-823-3333.

The most important thing a business can do is promote strong communication between their establishment and their community/neighborhood. Deterrence and identifying suspicious suspects prior to the crime is key. Promote: If you see something, say something.

If your Portland business would like some guidance about improving the security of your establishment, contact the Office of Community & Civic Life's Crime Prevention Program at



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