Armed robbery suspect nabbed holding gun and knives

See who police accuse of being the knife-wielding bandit who terrorized employees at the Gateway Kohl’s store last month …

It was at this Gateway area store that a suspected shoplifter lashed out at store security workers after being confronted.

By David F. Ashton
Here’s a follow-up on one of the trio of armed robberies featured in our November 30 update at East Portland News. [CLICK HERE to read that story.]

In late October, a “Loss Prevention Officer” at the Kohl’s Department Store at 10010 NE Halsey Street confronted a shoplifter they said had been stashing clothing while in the store.

Police say having good photos of this man helped them put a name to the face.

“When confronted, the suspect threatened them with a knife, and ran out of the area,” said Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Public Information Officer Pete Simpson.

Fast forward to December 17, at 11:25 a.m.

East Precinct district officers cruising the area of SE 174th Avenue and Division Street spotted a man they thought they’d seen in photos on a bulletin put out by Robbery Detectives.

The man they saw strolling out of the Save-A-Lot Market also saw the cops – and took off running. “Several blocks away, officers caught up with him, and took him into custody,” Simpson reported.

Being a felon caught with knives – and a handgun – officials say this man, 31-year-old Jimmy Miles Duffey, won’t have to worry about doing any last-minute Christmas “shopping”.

Within minutes, police arrested 31-year-old Jimmy Miles Duffey. “Officers searching him recovered a handgun and two knives,” Simpson said.

Duffey was booked into jail at 2:28 p.m. that afternoon on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Interfering with a Police Officer. He remains lodged at Multnomah County Inverness Jail, with bails totaling $267,468.

“Tips to Crime Stoppers led to the identification of the suspect as Jimmy Duffey,” Simpson revealed.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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