Alleged robber throws suspicious device while fleeing scene in Woodburn
This story has been updated to include a suspect description and photos.
Police are on the hunt for a suspected robber who dropped a suspicious device at the Greyhound bus station in downtown Woodburn before fleeing the scene.
Around 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Woodburn police were told that a white male attempted to rob La Caseta De Tarjeta, which is a money exchange business and Greyhound bus stop located at 479 N. Front St. in Woodburn. The attempted robber reportedly dropped the device and fled.
Oregon State Police Bomb Squad deployed its robot and rendered the device safe around 2 p.m.
Ronald Galvez told KOIN 6 News, a media partner of Pamplin Media Group, he was in the money exchange store helping train employees when the suspect came in, demanding money around noon.
"He came in with a bunch of clothes on. He had a green construction-type jacket with a hoodie and gloves," Galvez said. "Once he got to the window, he looked at us, he had a mask, he had a sign up to the window and said 'please give me all the money or I'll shoot you' ... The owners didn't want to give him the money. He asked again and started lighting up some stuff and I think a bomb or something... He was making it seem like a bomb."
Galvez told KOIN 6 News it looked like something covered in black tape with a fuse, but the employees didn't think it was actually going to explode.
Witnesses said the smoking device didn't cause much damage. Police did not say whether the device was actually an explosive.
The suspect is described as a white adult male, 6-feet tall with a slender build and greenish hazel eyes. He was wearing at least two layers of clothing, including a dark gray hoodie and a neon yellow reflective construction-like vest. He also had a white ski mask covering his face.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.
Citizens were warned through METCOM 911's Everbridge system to avoid the area of Front and Grant streets in downtown Woodburn during the investigation.