Two arrested after Woodburn police determine Gina's Restaurant robbery was staged
A Woodburn woman who was reportedly injured in an armed robbery at Gina's Restaurant Thursday has been arrested along with the suspected robber after police determined the incident was staged.
Police detectives followed up Friday with Chanh Tran, 47, of Woodburn, and after the interview determined she had planned and orchestrated the robbery in order to make her friend, Chun Lui Huang, an employee at Gina's Restaurant, fear for her own safety. Huang was also present at the time of the robbery.
Investigators reportedly learned that Tran met her accomplice, Conan Dehut, 36, in the Portland area. She allegedly bought him a phone and offered him money to stage a robbery attempt. Video surveillance showed Tran had dropped of Dehut behind the restaurant over an hour before the robbery, according to police.
Police said Tran cooperated during the investigation. Dehut was arrested Friday near 82nd Avenue and Johnson Creek Boulevard in Portland.
Both Tran and Dehut were lodged into Marion County Jail on Friday on charges of attempted robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing. Tran's bail was set at $35,000, but bail is not allowed for Dehut, who also has been charged with parole violation. Tran is scheduled to appear in court at 3 p.m. May 29.
At about 9:30 a.m. May 24, Woodburn police officers responded to Gina's Restaurant, located at 1186 N. Pacific Highway, on a report of an armed robbery. Police found two victims inside the restaurant, one, later identified as Tran, who received a serious laceration to her arm during a struggle with the suspect who had a knife. Local EMS transported Tran to an area hospital in stable condition. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone who might have more information in this case is asked to call Woodburn Police Department at 503-982-2345.
Update: The story has been corrected to reflect that Chanh Tran is not an employee of Gina's Restaurant, but Chun Lui Huang is an employee.