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Portland bank robbery suspects accused of federal crimes

Authorities recently arrested two men who are alleged to have been involved in a chain of bank robberies in the Portland metropolitan area. The alleged suspects were captured when they tried to rob a bank inside a grocery store, unaware that detectives were already inside.

A string of bank robberies occurred in and around the Portland metro area November 16 and 17. In those robberies, a male robber used a note to demand cash from tellers. Nine days later, two suspects robbed a bank in a store where investigators were conducting an investigation. The suspects tried to escape but police apprehended and arrested them in the store. Both men were being kept on a U.S. Marshals Service hold in the Multnomah County Detention Center, pending federal bank robbery charges.

The alleged robbery spree prompted the cooperation of several local police agencies to track the men down, including the Portland Police Bureau, the police departments for Gresham and Scappoose police and the sheriff's offices for both Clackamas and Washington counties.

The men were identified as a 29-year-old Milwaukie man and a 20-year-old man of undisclosed address.

Conviction on federal crime charges frequently means mandatory minimum sentencing, which often translates to long prison sentences and substantial fines. Federal bank robbery charges typically involve the use of weapons or threats of force.

The accusations in this case are especially serious because they involve multiple bank robberies, which can potentially increase the criminal liability and bring longer prison sentences.

Anyone accused of federal crimes should exercise his or her rights and ask for an attorney during questioning by police. If a case goes to trial, then the accused may choose to exercise his or her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Source: Portland Tribune, "Two Arrested On Suspicion Of Multiple Bank Robberies," Nov. 27, 2013

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