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An armed bandit stole an Inner Southeast car at gunpoint, then wrecked it and ran off into the dawn

COURTESY PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU - This 1999 Honda Accord was stolen from its driver by an armed robber in Mt. Scott-Arleta, but the bandit ended up crashing the car into a TriMet minibus in North Portland not long afterward, and then running off into the predawn darkness. A driver was threatened with a gun in an armed carjacking in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, just before sunrise on Thursday, March 25; and the victim's stolen vehicle was found wrecked a short time later in North Portland. East Precinct officers who were dispatched to the incident at 5:07 a.m. learned from the adult male victim that he was in his dark green 1999 Honda Accord two-door, "warming it up", when the carjacker appeared out of the darkness, pointed a gun at his head, and ordered him out of his car.

Wisely, the victim complied, and was not injured – but he watched helplessly as the gunman drove off in his vehicle.

Then, at 5:35 a.m., the stolen Honda was involved in a crash with a Tri-Met Lift minibus in the area of North Lombard Street and the I-5 overpass. "The driver and only occupant of the Tri-Met vehicle did not have any serious injuries," a PPB official told THE BEE. "The carjacker ran off, but officers located a loaded handgun in the car, which was seized as evidence."

Apparently, the carjacker, described as a white male in his early 20's – 5'6", 145 lbs., with short hair – managed a clean get-away; law enforcement is still working to track him down.

Anyone with video or any other information about this crime – including witnesses of the North Portland collision – are asked to contact Robbery Detective Brett Hawkinson, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. – or call 503/823-1080.


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