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The Chase Bank on SE Woodstock Boulevard experienced a bank robbery at closing time; the FBI is hunting down the bandit

DAVID F. ASHTON - Just as this Woodstock neighborhood Chase Bank was closing for the day on October 8th, a person with gun inside announced a robbery and demanded money. When a suspect produced a gun and held up the Chase Bank on S.E. Woodstock Boulevard at closing time on Friday afternoon, October 8th, an employee alertly pushed a "silent alarm" button.

The alarm swiftly summoned East Precinct police officers at 5:08 p.m. that afternoon.

"This was a 'Robbery-with Weapon' incident at the bank," was all that Portland Police spokesperson Lt. Nathan Sheppard was able to confirm, because all bank robberies are federal crimes, and are investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

"A robber walked into the bank, demanded cash, got an undisclosed amount of cash, and left [before officers arrived]. Although he threatened that he had a weapon, he did not display one," FBI Portland Public Affairs Officer Beth Anne Steele afterwards told THE BEE.

Steele described the suspect as being white, 50 to 64 years old, 5'6" to 5'10", 165 to 195 pounds, with a medium build, gray or partially-gray buzz-cut hair, and wearing a gray jacket, jeans, tennis shoes, and a dark gray hat.

If you have any information, call the FBI at 503/224-4181, or submit a tip online at www.tips.fbi.gov, or submit a tip to the Portland Police Bureau via their e-mail address – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In the meantime, we advise against robbing banks. It means "hard time" in a federal prison if you do. There are easier ways to make money.


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