Oregon City police arrest 2 for robbing Rite Aid store
Two young men were arrested Thursday night after authorities said they stole medication from the Oregon City Shopping Center's Rite Aid store.
Oregon City police said a 21-year-old man — later identified as Austin Keever-Nyberg — walked to the pharmacy armed with a knife and jumped the counter. According to authorities, he ordered pharmacy employees to the ground and before stealing medications. He allegedly threatened another Rite Aid employee with the knife while fleeing the store.
Fortunately, no employees were injured.
Responding officers set up a perimeter and used a canine-officer unit to search for the suspect.
Keever-Nyberg then returned to the shopping center and ran to a parked car. Police said the car was driven by 19-year-old Jacob Petersen who attempted to leave the parking lot. However, OCPD officers were able to pin the car to prevent further pursuit, with help from Gladstone officers and Clackamas County deputies.
Keever-Nyberg and Petersen were taken into custody without incident. Police also said they recovered the medication and knife.
Keever-Nyberg was arrested for first-degree robbery, coercion, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon. Petersen was arrested for first-degree robbery. Both suspects were lodged at the Clackamas County Jail with $250,000 bail.
Thursday's incident comes about a month after Keever-Nyberg was accused of plowing into a group of pedestrians with a truck near Wilkes Park in Northeast Portland. The incident happened on Jan. 10, but Keever-Nyberg wasn't arrested until Jan. 23 when he was visiting the Clackamas County Courthouse for something unrelated.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.