A 42-year-old registered sex offender was arrested in Gresham after allegedly attempting to lure a teenage girl at a local laundromat.
Tamo Robinson was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 17, for luring a minor, and attempting to commit felony coercion after he approached a 16-year-old girl.
He also faces first-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree criminal trespassing for two separate incidents that occurred in the weeks leading up to his arrest.
According to police, the 16-year-old girl was doing her laundry on Northeast 162nd Avenue and Northeast Glisan Street when Robinson approached her asking for her age. She replied, and Robinson allegedly said he thought she was 11 or 12.
He then made sexual advances toward her, which Robinson later denied to police.
The teenage girl fled the laundromat, later returning with a small group of relatives to confront Robinson. Gresham Police officers arrived and calmed the crowd after seeing one person attempt to hit Robinson with a golf club.
After speaking with all parties, officers took Robinson into custody and booked him into the Multnomah County Jail.
Court records show Robinson is a registered sex offender with prior rape, kidnapping and burglary convictions. He was on probation for robbery and coercion charges at the time of his latest arrest.
The incident in the laundromat is the third time Gresham police officers have been contacted about Robinson in the last two months.
According to court documents, on Aug. 24 he walked into a 29-year-old woman's apartment in the 16400 block of Northeast Glisan Street.
The woman told police she didn't know Robinson, though she had seen him hanging around the apartment complex. After confronting him about being in her home, he allegedly left without saying anything.
A few weeks later, on Sept. 6, police were contacted because Robinson was loitering around the Albertina Kerr facility's courtyard, 722 N.E. 162nd Ave. Albertina Kerr provides inpatient and outpatient services to youth struggling with mental illness, and is located near the apartment where he allegedly entered without permission.
According to reports, Robinson was seen following female workers and trying to get into the center.
Staff called police and found he was still onsite. When police spoke to him, Robinson said he was trying to get inside because he thought his cousin Camille might work there. Police did not arrest him at that time.
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