Man pleads guilty to holding tellers at gunpoint

CarterA Portland man will spend more than 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to armed bank robberies in Tigard and Portland.

Daniel Arthur Carter, 32, pleaded guilty on Monday to robbing two banks in the fall of 2012, as well as several armed robberies of hotels and bars during that same period.

U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez laid down the 22 1/2-year sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Tigard Police said Carter wore a mask made from a T-shirt with holes cut out for eyes when he walked into Chase Bank, 11354 S.W. Durham Road, at about 5:35 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2012. He was carrying a semi-automatic handgun at the time.

Carter demanded the five employees, four customers and a child inside the bank lie face down on the floor and not trigger any alarms.

Pointing a gun at tellers, he forced them to stuff a backpack with $17,401, and then demanded the car keys from one of the customers, driving off in the customer’s car.

The vehicle was found in a neighborhood a quarter-mile from the bank, but the thief was nowhere to be found.

Carter also confessed to a similar robbery at a US Bank branch at 7300 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. on Nov. 21, 2012.

During that robbery, a teller was able to activiate a silent alarm as the thief was collecting his backpack. Carter ran off with $11,800, attorneys said, and reportedly tried to steal a car in the drive-thru of the bank and another parked in front of the bank before fleeing the scene on foot.

Police spotted him on Terwilliger Boulevard. According to a probable-cause affidavit filed at the time of his arrest, money spilled from his backpack as he fled the scene.

The 270-month sentence was enhanced because he stole property from a financial institution, used a firearm, physically restrained people, engaged in carjacking and stole a considerable amount of money, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Carter was ordered to pay $29,401 in restitution for the robberies and forfeited the money from the Tigard robbery, which went unrecovered.

He also turned over the firearm and ammunition used in the incidents, officials said.

Carter also agreed to plead guilty to several armed robberies in Southwest Portland in 2012:

n The 45th Street Pub and Grill on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway on July 10, 2012, during which $4,557 was stolen.

n Hillsdale Liquor Store on July 26, 2012, during which $3,821.05 was stolen.

n Old Market Pub in Garden Home on Aug. 19, 2012, during which $2,500 was stolen.

n Comfort Suites on July 31, 2012, during which $287 was stolen.

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