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Man sentenced in Southwest Portland-area armed robberies

DOWNTOWN —Daniel Arthur Carter, 32, has been sentenced to 22 1/2 years in federal prison for two armed bank robberies in late 2012, including one in Southwest Portland. by: PHOTO COURTESY OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Daniel Arthur Carter

On Nov. 21, 2012, at 3:04 p.m., Portland Police officers responded to the report of an armed bank robbery and carjacking at the U.S. Bank branch located at 7300 SW Terwilliger Blvd. in Hillsdale.

After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, Carter ran outside and attempted to carjack two different cars before running away. Arriving officers saw Arthur and were able to get him into custody after a brief struggle. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a U.S. marshals hold.

Carter was sentenced Jan. 13 in federal court in Portland. He also agreed to plead guilty in Multnomah County Circuit Court to armed robberies during 2012 at four Southwest Portland businesses:

  • 45th Street Pub & Grill in Bridlemile on July 10, 2012, during which $4,557 was stolen.
  • Hillsdale Liquor Store on July 26, 2012, during which $3,821.05 was stolen.
  • Old Market Pub in Ashcreek on Aug. 19, 2012, during which $2,500 was stolen.
  • Comfort Suites in Far Southwest July 31, 2012, during which $287 was stolen.
  • Carter also confessed to a similar robbery at a Chase Bank branch at 11354 SW Durham Road on Oct. 22, 2012. During that robbery he was carrying a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the five employees, four customers and a child inside the bank lie face down on the floor and not trigger any alarms.

    Pointing a gun at tellers, he forced them to stuff a backpack with $17,401, and then demanded the car keys from one of the customers, driving off in the customer’s car.

    The vehicle was found in a neighborhood a quarter-mile from the bank, but the thief was nowhere to be found.

    According to a news release published on the U.S. Attorney’s Office website for the District of Oregon, Carter was sentenced to serve 186 months (15 1/2 years) in federal prison for the armed bank robberies, consecutive to an additional 84 months (seven years) for using a firearm during the violent crime. He was ordered to pay complete restitution of $29,401 for the robberies. He was also ordered to forfeit the firearm and ammunition that were used in the robberies and the $17,401 in unrecovered money from the Chase Bank robbery. Carter’s sentence was enhanced because he stole property from a financial institution, used a firearm, physically restrained people, engaged in carjacking and stole a considerable amount of money.

    Upon release from custody, Carter will serve a five-year period of supervised release, during which he must abide by a number of conditions including mental health counseling, education and employment.