October 06, 2017 21:35
The suspect arrested for robbing the KeyBank, located at 3839 Northeast Broadway, today has been identified as 35-year-old Eric B. Smotherman. Smotherman was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on a United States Marshal's Hold for Bank Robbery and a warrant for Theft in the Second Degree.
Detectives continue to investigate this robbery. During their investigation they performed a closer examination of a firearm located in the vehicle Smotherman was driving when he was contacted by officers shortly after the bank robbery. Officers learned the firearm was a realistic looking replica firearm.
At this time investigators believe Smotherman is likely a suspect in several other Portland area bank robberies in which he received the name, "The Lazy Leprechaun." Investigators believed Smotherman will be charged with additional crimes as investigations continue.
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On Friday October 6, 2017, at 4:24 p.m., North Precinct officers responded to the report of a bank robbery at the KeyBank, located at 3839 Northeast Broadway.
Officers arrived in the area and spoke with employees who told police the bank robbery suspect provided a note demanding money from the teller. During the initial part of the investigation witnesses have not mentioned that the suspect was armed. After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank without incident.
Officers checked the area while another officer at the bank obtained a description of the suspect. The officer broadcast the suspect description to officers performing a neighborhood search. While an officer was in the area of Northeast Halsey Street and Northeast 47th Avenue he observed a person driving a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle matched the suspect's description.
Officers stopped the vehicle and took the suspect into custody without incident. While continuing the investigation at the traffic stop, officers located evidence connected to the KeyBank robbery as well as a firearm that was seized as evidence.
The bank robbery suspect will be identified once he is lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.
Portland Police Bureau Robbery detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents are investigating this bank robbery. Anyone with additional information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080 or Brett.Hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov.
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