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Joseph Tyler Johnson, 34, of Milwaukie allegedly pulls gun on employee before taking off in a Mazda with a sofa strapped to roof

A man was arrested on Election Day after robbing a Happy Valley hardware store at gunpoint, then fleeing in a stolen SUV with a sofa strapped to its roof, Clackamas County deputies said.

A witness reported the robbery just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Ace Hardware Store on Southeast Sunnyside Road. The witness told a Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy that a suspect had pulled a gun on an employee before taking off in a Mazda CX-9.

Deputies quickly spotted the Mazda, but the suspect refused to stop the SUV and instead led deputies on a pursuit heading west on Sunnyside, then north on I-205.

Deputies called for help from other local agencies and continued following the suspect into Vancouver, according to deputies. The sofa stayed firmly in place the whole time.

The suspect eventually stopped the Mazda and ran on foot at Southeast 119th Avenue and McGillivray Boulevard but was caught by deputies about a block away.

Authorities detained a passenger but released her after deciding she wasn't involved in the robbery, deputies said. Deputies said they found the gun thought to have been used in the robbery inside the SUV. The SUV had been reported stolen in Portland.

PHOTOS COURTESY: CCSO - Joseph Tyler Johnson, 34, of Milwaukie is arrested for allegedly pulling a gun on a Happy Valley hardware-store employee before taking off in a Mazda CX-9 with a sofa strapped to its roof.The suspect — identified as 34-year-old Joseph Tyler Johnson of Milwaukie — was arrested by Vancouver police and taken to the Clark County Jail. He faces charges including first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, attempt to elude, reckless driving and reckless endangering in Clackamas County.

KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.


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