Gateway’s ‘Original Joe’s’ robbed at gunpoint

See why officials are now looking for the help of neighbors to find the person who robbed this lotto-deli …

Police are on the lookout for the person who robbed this Gateway-area lotto-deli store, just before closing time.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
On the corner of NE 102nd Avenue and NE Halsey Street, Original Joe’s, the Gateway home of “Hand Dipped Corndogs”, was held up just before 9:00 p.m. on March 10.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct district officers said the suspect entered the business just before closing, armed with a handgun, and demanded money.

“After obtaining an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled the store out the back door,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Even a police dog couldn’t sniff out the suspect, most likely carrying money that smelled like deep fryer shortening.

Several officers, including a Police K-9 Unit, searched the area, but did not locate anyone matching the suspect’s description, Simpson reported.

“The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, 6’1″ tall, 150 pounds, wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans, and a bandana covering his face,” Simpson described. “Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Robbery detectives at (503) 823-0405.”

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