UPDATE #3: Armed Robbers Booked Into Jail

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February 01, 2023 19:14


After the suspects were safely taken into custody, Major Crimes Unit Detectives, supported by members of the Forensic Evidence Division, served a search warrant in the involved apartment. They located evidentiary items from today’s robbery and seized them as evidence.

Detectives booked Leon D. Vaughn Jr., 29, of Portland, and Chelsea C. Grey, 25, of Lake Oswego, into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Theft in the First Degree.



The search for suspects has concluded at the perimeter is being released. Community members are being notified via CENS that the shelter-in-place alert is lifted. Schools are being returned to normal operations. Streets are being reopened to all traffic as soon as police personnel and equipment is secured and moved.

Two suspects, a male and female, were taken into custody after the search led SERT/CNT/K9 to an apartment in the 2100 block of Southeast 96th Avenue. The suspects were called out via a public address system. While multiple people came out and cooperated, the suspects did not immediately respond to announcements. A search warrant was obtained. After multiple hours, just after 1:00p.m., the suspects came out and were taken into custody. The apartment was cleared and no other occupants were found. No one was injured. The suspects are currently being detained. Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are on scene investigating the robbery.

Additional information will be released as appropriate.

PPB was able to communicate critical public safety information to the community thanks to CENS, also known as PublicAlerts. Visit www.publicalerts.org to sign up. PublicAlerts sends information by text, email, and voice message about how to stay safe during an emergency.



The search for armed suspects continues in the Hazelwood Neighborhood of Southeast Portland.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 6:33a.m., East Precinct officers responded to a report of a robbery at a convenience store in the 9100 block of Southeast Division Street. The store employee was not injured, but reported that two people robbed him and he saw firearms before the suspects left on foot.

Officers searching the area located the suspects nearby and attempted to stop them, but the suspects ran off. Additional officers responded to assist and contained the area of Southeast 96th Avenue to Southeast 101st Avenue, Southeast Lincoln Street to Southeast Caruthers Street. The Incident Commander activated the Community Emergency Notification System (CENS) to notify residents and other community members within that area of the situation. They were asked to stay inside, lock doors and windows as a precaution, and call 911 if they saw anything suspicious. Schools near the area were asked to secure their perimeters, but they could operate as usual inside.

The suspects are described as 1 male and 1 female.

Due to the danger of armed suspects possibly hiding in the blocks, the Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) responded to the scene. PPB K9, the Air Support Unit, and the Gresham Police Department also responded to assist with the tactical incident. The Major Crimes Unit responded to investigate.

If anyone has information about this case, please e-mail crimetips@police.portlandoregon.gov attention: Major Crimes Unit and reference case number 23-29469.

Additional updates will be sent as appropriate.



A search for armed suspects in Southeast Portland has a neighborhood closed to all traffic and residents are asked to shelter in place. The closure area is Southeast 92nd Avenue to Southeast 102nd Avenue, between Southeast Market Street and Southeast Division Street.

The Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and the Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) is on scene.

The PIO is enroute. Media staging is at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Market Street.



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