Police seek information after strong-arm robbery in Cornelius
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is seeking information after a woman allegedly attacked an employee while trying to rob Coastal Farm & Ranch in Cornelius.
Deputies responded about 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, to a reported strong-arm robbery at the store at 3865 E. Baseline St., also signed as Highway 8 and Tualatin Valley Highway.
Store employees said they saw an adult woman walking through the store and loading items into a baby stroller that was partially covered by a blanket.
The woman then walked past the store's cash registers to exit the store without paying for the items.
"When contacted near the front door, the female suspect assaulted a store employee," the Sheriff's Office said. "Fortunately, the employee was not injured."
Store personnel determined the woman attempted to steal nearly $700 worth of goods.
Under Oregon law, a theft becomes a robbery when a suspect uses, or threatens to use, physical force upon another person with the intent of overcoming the efforts of store employees/loss prevention officers, the Sheriff's Office said.
Investigators suspect the woman who attempted to rob the store was 28-year-old Natashia R. Gomez of Hillsboro, the Sheriff's Office said.
Anyone with information about Gomez's whereabouts is asked to call 503-639-0111.
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