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Police claim thieves were after pair of designer shoes



Tigard Police are searching for two men who robbed a woman outside of Washington Square mall over the weekend.

According to police, a woman was walking through the mall’s parking at about 3:40 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 20 when she was reportedly attacked and robbed of a pair of limited edition Air Jordans the woman had purchased.

Jim Wolf, a spokesman with the Tigard Police Department, said that the woman — whose name was not released — bought the expensive shoes at the Foot Locker inside the mall. The Jordan Retro 11 shoes retail for about $200 a pair.

Wolf said that the shoes were kept in a bag while the woman was shopping and the woman did not show them to anyone after purchasing them.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tigard Police at 503-639-6168 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The woman was walking to her vehicle in the mall's north parking lot when she noticed two men following her.

The men reportedly split up, one continued to follow her while the other walked away.

The man approached her and asked if she would be be willing to sell him the shoes.

The woman declined, but the man didn’t leave, instead asking her for directions. The woman stopped and gave the man directions, but as she turned away, the man grabbed her throat, choking her and attempted to steal the bag containing the shoes.

At some point in the struggle, the man and woman fell to the ground. The thief grabbed the bag and ran off.

The woman was not injured and was soon spotted by a passerby.

Police arrived at the scene within a few minutes, Wolf said. Officers reportedly combed the area, but were unable to find either of the two men.

The thief was described as a black man, about 6-feet-tall. He was last seen wearing a camo-green puffy jacket and a black beanie. The man was taller, about 6-foot-4-inches tall, and also black. Both men were said to be in their late teens or early 20s.

Tigard Police are investigating the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tigard Police at 503-639-6168 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wolf said that shoppers should be careful when shopping during the holiday season, and advise shoppers to shop early in the day, consider parking in a well-lit area, especially if you will be returning to your vehicle in darkness.

They also suggest that people shop with another person or two. "You reduce chances of victimization by more than one-half when there are two or more persons together," Wolf said.

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