Man with 'bomb' demands pills at Walgreens, police say
Portland Police have arrested a man who allegedly walked into a local pharmacy with a note demanding pills and claiming he had a "bomb strapped to his body."
But court documents say Evan Alexander Gnagey was only "purportedly armed."
Gnagey, 35, faces four counts of second-degree robbery for the event that allegedly occurred on Monday, Nov. 26 around 11:33 a.m. at a Walgreens located at 940 S.E. Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard near Belmont Street.
Gnagey was arrested near Southeast 42nd Avenue and Morrison street, apparently without incident. The authorities say he also had three warrants.
Pharmacist Reem Mountaser gave Gnagey "pills and syringes" after being handed the demand note by another employee, according to a probable cause affidavit. Prosecutors say Gnagey started to read the note aloud in the store because employees had trouble reading it.
Gnagey's listed address is the Portland Rescue Mission shelter on West Burnside Street. He told jailers he has been homeless for about six months.
He has one felony conviction and three misdemeanor convictions on his record, according to court documents, including resisting law enforcement, possessing drug paraphernalia and giving false information.
Gnagey remains behind bars at the Multnomah County jail at this time.