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The victim was reportedly collecting cans to deposit at a bottle return facility went he was attacked.

COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Robert Rollo StowaserA man reportedly attacked another man who was collecting soda cans to recycle, before taking the cans and fleeing in a car, in Aloha Wednesday night, July 29.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded shortly before 11 p.m. to the reported robbery in the area of Southwest Wakem Street and 178th Avenue.

Deputies later identified the suspect as 38-year-old Robert Rollo Stowaser. He was arrested and lodged at the Washington County Jail. Stowaser faces charges including third-degree robbery.

The victim was collecting cans in a residential neighborhood that could be deposited at a bottle return facility, said Deputy Brian van Kleef.

"Our suspect came up, parked his car right in front of (the victim's car), basically punched him a few times and took his cans and even the ones that were already in his car, and then took off," van Kleef said.

The victim described the suspect as a man in his 40s with a stocky build and a green t-shirt.

"Several deputies responded to the area and quickly located the suspect's vehicle," read a statement from the Washington County Sheriff's Office. A Beaverton Police Department K-9 unit led deputies directly to the stolen bag of cans and the suspect was located nearby, deputies said.

"Mr. Stowaser briefly hid in a gas station bathroom, where he cut off the sleeves to his T-shirt in an effort to disguise himself from deputies," the Sheriff's Office said.

Court records did not list a place of residence for Stowaser, and van Kleef said Stowaser was known to be transient. Previous charges against him list an address in Aloha, court records show.

Stowaser has been convicted of multiple crimes dating back to the early 2000s, including felony convictions for possession of a controlled substance and possession of prohibited firearms, court records show.

He has served jail time and been ordered to report to drug treatment in the past.

In December 2019, he pleaded not guilty to first-degree theft and felon in possession of a firearm.

In March, he was convicted of second-degree criminal mischief for damaging an individual's property and ordered to pay a fine.

If convicted on his new charges, Stowaser could face up to five years in prison and up to $125,000 in fines, according to state law.


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