Alleged bank robber charged with Jungle Room robbery
A 23-year-old man charged with robbing a Hillsboro bank earlier this year is also believed to have robbed a Cornelius bar late last year, detectives announced this week.
Diego Angel Sanchez-Lopez faces charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree theft and unlawful use of a weapon after Washington County Sheriffâ€™s deputies claim he stole thousands of dollars from a Cornelius bar in December and threatened people with a knife.
According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Sanchez-Lopez pulled out a knife at the Jungle Room, 1034 E. Baseline St. in Cornelius, during a daytime robbery on Dec. 20, 2017 and demanded cash from the register.
Multiple people were inside the restaurant and bar at the time of the robbery, investigators said.
Sanchez-Lopez reportedly took more than $3,000 from the bar, then fled the scene. Police were unable to locate the suspect at the time, and detectives from the Sheriffâ€™s Officeâ€™s Violent Crimes Unit asked residents in the area to be on the lookout for a Latino man with a short and slim build and short facial hair.
Prosecutors say the Jungle Room robbery was Sanchez-Lopez's second armed robbery in the area.
Four months after the Cornelius robbery, Sanchez-Lopez was arrested by Hillsboro police after he reportedly entered Wells Fargo bank, 7200 N.E. Butler St., brandishing a knife.
He allegedly stole thousands from a bank teller on April 30, but was chased out of the bank by two customers, who flagged down a nearby squad car.
He was arrested that day and faces federal charges for the alleged bank robbery.
Due to the federal charges, Sanchez-Lopez is being held at the Multnomah County Jail without bail.
By Geoff Pursinger
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