Portland OR – On Sunday January 18, 2015, at 7:20 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to Northeast 19th Avenue and Killingsworth Street on the report of an armed robbery.
Officers contacted the victim who told police that he was robbed at gunpoint by three African American males who left the scene in a black 1990s Ford Crown Victoria.
At 8:09 a.m., East Precinct officers responded to the report of an armed robbery at Southeast 135th Avenue and Division Street.
Officers contacted the victim who told police that he was robbed at gunpoint by two African American males who left the area in a dark blue Ford Crown Victoria.
While officers were checking the surrounding neighborhood for the suspects, a third reported armed robbery occurred at Southeast 139th Avenue and Mill Street.
Officers checking the area spotted the suspect vehicle, a black 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, driving eastbound on Main Street from 162nd Avenue. The suspect vehicle attempted to elude police, but an East Precinct sergeant used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to spin the suspect vehicle out. The suspect vehicle spun but the driver regained control and the pursuit continued until a Gresham Police officer was able to deploy Spike Strips to deflate the suspect vehicle tires and the car stopped on Southeast Powell Boulevard and NW Wallula Avenue.
Three suspects were taken into custody. Additional investigation by police led to the discovery of two handguns.
Robbery detectives are continuing to investigate and suspect names and charges will be released after they are booked into jail.
Nobody was injured in any of the robberies or during the pursuit.
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