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34-year-old man held after negotiations with police. Witnesses said the man showed a firearm and tried to rob a nearby store.

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Police negotiators are trying to defuse a situation at the Gateway Fred Meyer store on Northeast 102nd Avenue Thursday afternoon, June 6.A 34-year-old man was arrested Thursday afternoon after an apparent robbery attempt went awry and the man tried to hide in the Gateway Fred Meyer store.

Portland police arrested 34-year-old Tommy Lee Brown Jr. and recovered a loaded firearm after negotiations with police. The police bureau's Special Emergency Reaction Team took Brown into custody in the afternoon of June 6 without incident.

Brown is being held at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree theft, being a felon in possession of a firearm and on a detainer. Brown is on supervised pre-trial release for a previous robbery and must wear a GPS tracking device.

Police said the incident began shortly before 1 p.m. June 6, when East Precinct officers were called to the Kohl's store on Northeast Halsey Street, where a man had tried to rob the store. Store officials said the suspect brandished a firearm at loss prevention employees before leaving the store.

Officers confronted the suspect outside the Fred Meyer store on Northeast 102nd Avenue. The man ran into the store and officers cleared the store of customers and called crisis team negotiators and SERT.


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