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The robber used a knife, and police did not have much trouble tracking him down after he ran off

DAVID F. ASHTON - Inside this Eastport Plaza Walmart store, a shoplifter pulled a knife on security guards -- but he didnt make good his getaway. For many who live near S.E. 82nd Avenue, the most convenient grocery store — open into the evening — is the Walmart on Holgate Boulevard in Eastport Plaza.

It appears that on Thursday evening, June 2, a man was intent on picking up merchandise at the store, but not planning to pay for it. When a scuffle broke out with the store's loss prevention staff, there was a call to 9-1-1.

East Precinct officers were sent to the store at 9:23 p.m. "Officers located the suspect nearby, but he ran away," reported PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen.

Apparently, the suspect ran north, through the parking lot of the adjacent multiplex theater, and then continued north on 86th Avenue, before running east on Rhone Street. Perhaps he wasn't familiar with the area, because S.E. Rhone dead-ends in the 9000 block. All of the homes there are fenced at the end of the street.

Officers set up a perimeter to contain the suspect; and, at the peak of the search, twenty officers were looking for him. "Officers found him after a track by PPB Canine Team," Sergeant Allen informed THE BEE. "A knife was seized as evidence."

Arrested was 29-year-old Daniel Zamudio. He was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on three counts of Robbery in the First Degree, and Theft in the Second Degree, as well as on a "County Hold" and a Fugitive warrant.

At his arraignment, the judge dropped one of the Felony Robbery charges against Zamudio; however, he's still behind bars in the MCDC in lieu of $180,000 combined bail.


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