Police nab teens in Safeway theft, 3 stolen cars
On Monday, July 16, at 6:44 p.m., East Precinct officers responded to a call reporting a strong-arm robbery with multiple suspects at the Safeway Store at 3527 S.E. 122nd Avenue.
Arriving officers learned that a group of seven teens left the store without paying for items they had selected from the store. As they were leaving, a security guard employed by Safeway was struck by one of the suspects as he attempted to make contact with them. The guard did not require immediate medical care.
Several witnesses told police the suspects left in a white Volkswagen sport utility vehicle. Additional officers, including a police canine team and the Portland Police Bureau's Air Support Unit, responded to the surrounding neighborhood. An officer located the suspected getaway vehicle, a white Volkswagen Atlas, near S.E. 148th Avenue and Center Street, but the occupants had been seen running from it.
Meanwhile, another responding officer found a blue Hyundai Elantra and a silver Nissan Maxima near S.E. 148th Avenue and Bush Street. Both those cars appeared to have been abandoned, and the officer observed people running from them.
A police continued the investigation, they learned all three vehicles were previously reported as stolen. Based on information gathered during the preliminary investigation, officers determined that the suspects involved in the Safeway strong-armed robbery were also associated with the stolen Elantra and Maxima.
During the neighborhood search, seven juvenile suspects were detained. Five of the suspects were young enough that they were released to guardians, and the remaining two were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Home on charges of Robbery in the Second Degree and Assault in the Third Degree.
The two suspects lodged at the Donald E. Long on Measure 11 Robbery charges were 17-year-old Jayvontea Binnz, and 17-year-old Jaymari Williams.
The stolen vehicles were all recovered, and the vehicle owners notified.
Additional charges are possible, as this investigation is in its early stages, and is on-going.
Anyone with information about this case should contact the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail at 503/823-0405.