Gun-pointing robbery suspect now pointed toward prison

Some may say he’s a ‘misguided youth’ – but take a look at this photo and you’ll see why this fellow, if convicted, deserves hard time in jail …

Folks in the Powellhurst-Gilbert area say they’re surprised that the friendly clerk at this smoke shop and market was targeted for robbery.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Perhaps the Roll Your Own Mart, at 13737 SE Powell Boulevard in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood, seemed like an easy robbery target – especially on a dark night.

On February 3, at about 7:00 p.m., a thug covered his face and strolled into the market, and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the clerk – making it very clear he was there for only one reason: robbery.

After grabbing the cash, the bandit took off on foot.

Officials say this 6’ 2” robber let his gun do most of the talking – pointed at the clerk – when he called on the “Roll Your Own Market”. PPB-supplied surveillance image

But Portland Police Bureau (PPB) robbery detectives armed themselves a different way – with clear video recordings of the holdup, and other information they were able to gather.

Using this information, the detectives staked out the stalking ground of a young suspect. Their diligence paid off, when they spotted his vehicle near SE 136th Avenue and Clinton Street on February 15.

Police accuse this man, 19-year-old Vladimir Vladimirovi Kryshtal, of robbing the neighborhood market. MCDC image

“Members of the Special Emergency Reaction Team rolled in, and took the suspect into custody,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “At 10:09 a.m., they arrested 19-year-old Vladimir Vladimirovi Kryshtal.”

Kryshtal was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for one count of Robbery in the Second Degree. According to MCDC records, he remains in Inverness Jail on $250,000 on the charge of committing a Class B Felony.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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