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Keizer Police Investigate Armored Car RobberyVideo by Jerry Freeman Salem-News.com
Anyone having information about this incident or suspect, who remains at large, is asked to contact Detective Chris Nelson with the Keizer Police Department at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3489.
(KEIZER) - On Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 12:28 p.m., members of the Keizer Police Department responded to 5013 River Road North, the Schoolhouse Square business complex, after the driver of armored truck called 911 to report his co-worker had been the victim of a robbery when he attempted to service an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) that is located at this location. The ATM is located on the east façade of the building that was formerly occupied by a local grocer.
Upon arrival, the first responding officers found the armored truck parked in front of the vacated business. The driver of the armored truck remained inside the vehicle and told the 911 call-taker his co-worker remained inside the vacated grocery store and had sheltered in place, a secure room, after the robbery occurred. Investigators learned after the victim was confronted by the armed suspect, he was able to flee to a room that he was able to lock. A perimeter was established by responding units and efforts were made to contain the suspect and to safely remove the victim from inside the building.
Patrons and employees of local business were alerted to the dangerous situation and were advised to stay away from glass or glazing and to shelter in place. One business with employees that was located directed north of the affected building was evacuated with the assistance of responding officers. At about 12:40 p.m. both vehicular and pedestrian traffic on River Road North and Chemawa Road North was closed.
Communication was established with the victim as he remained sheltered in place inside the building. Officers learned the suspect was armed with a handgun and was described as a male with a medium-build, approximately 5’11’’, and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt that was completely zipped to the top. Additionally, the suspect was said to have tied or otherwise pulled closed the hooded portion of the sweatshirt over his face only allowing his eye and a small portion of his face to be exposed. The victim thought the suspect was white or Hispanic.
Members of Salem Police Department S.W.A.T. responded to the scene and provided tactical expertise and assistance safely removing the victim from the building shortly after 2:00 p.m. Additionally, S.W.A.T. cleared the building and determined the suspect was no longer inside. Investigators believe the suspect fled prior to the first officers arriving on scene and establishing the perimeter. The building was deemed clear at 3:10 p.m. at which time officers released the perimeter that had been established and re-opened River and Chemawa Roads to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
The victim was not taken hostage and was not injured during the incident. The suspect did not barricade himself inside the building. The names of the armored truck employees are not being released at this time. For investigative reasons, no information is being released about the type, size or color of the handgun the suspect was reported to have used during the robbery. No information is being released as to whether or not the suspect was successful in committing the crime of theft from the armored truck employee because to commit the crime of robbery one only has to commit or attempt to commit theft while they are armed with a dangerous or deadly weapon.
Members of the Keizer Police Department continue to investigate this incident with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.). Additionally, Keizer P.D. was assisted by the Salem Police Department S.W.A.T. team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation S.W.A.T. team, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police.
Anyone having information about this incident or suspect is asked to contact Detective Chris Nelson with the Keizer Police Department at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3489.
Sound with witness Erik Gabarada, and video from the scene by Jerry Freeman - two parts
Sound from the scene from witness Nicole Moul, and Keizer Assistant Police Chief Jeff Kuhns
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