Knife-wielding Woodstock market robber caught
A man, brandishing a knife, stalked into the Woodstock Plaid Pantry store at S.E. 42nd Avenue on Woodstock Boulevard, on Friday, March 2, at 10:39 p.m., and demanded money from the clerks.
After bagging some cash, he headed out the door, and hopped into a white, four door vehicle and drove off.
East Precinct officers swiftly arrived; and, while an officer took a statement from the clerks, others started looking for the car in the area.
"Responding officers searched the neighborhood, and with the assistance of a community member, located a white four-door Kia being driven near S.E. Bell Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard," said PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Christopher Burley.
The car doubled back west to S.E. Stanley Place – a short dead-end street, running north from Johnson Creek Boulevard – where an officer attempted a traffic stop.
"The driver of the Kia crashed into a canine officer's patrol vehicle, exited the car, and ran off," Burley reported.
Officers, including a canine team, pursued the fleeing suspect due north, and tracked the man to the 5700 block of S.E. Westfork Street.
"The driver was taken into custody, and officers located evidence of the robbery in the Kia, as well as in the possession of the suspect, at the time of his arrest," Burley said.
After a medical evaluation, the suspect, 39-year-old Phillip George Mawhiney, was lodged in the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on March 3 at 4:06 a.m., on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree.
At his arraignment in Multnomah County Court later that day, Mawhiney learned that he was facing a total of four Felony charges, with an additional charge each of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree, as well as a Criminal Mischief charge, with combined bail set at $1 million.
In addition, Mawhiney remains in custody at MCDC, on a no-bail Federal US Marshal's Service "hold".