Diego Sanchez-Lopez allegedly robbed a Cornelius bar then targeted a Hillsboro bank months later.

Sanchez-LopezA 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 Sheriff’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 Sheriff’s Office’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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