Bullet-marred market robbery upsets Lents neighbors

Why the gun-toting thief shot off rounds after stealing from this store remains a mystery. See what we found out about this case.

Neighbors say they appreciate the service, and convenience provided by the Woodstock Market in Lents.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
What startled neighbors along SE Woodstock Boulevard in the Lents neighborhood was the sound of gunshots on March 8, about 5:20 p.m.

“When Portland Police Bureau District Officers arrived,” stated police spokesman Sergeant Greg Stewart, “they discovered the sound of gunshots had been related to the robbery the Woodstock Market at 8601 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard.”

According to some accounts, the armed bandit shot off his weapon only after the robbery had been committed.

Officers secured the scene, continued Stewart – and were able to determine that no one was injured. “Officer and detectives began an investigation; evidence related to the incident was recovered.”

But, according to East Precinct Captain William Walker, the violent incident didn’t go unnoticed. “Police officers were given a good description for a car thought to be involved in the holdup at the market. With the detailed description sent out, it wasn’t long until alert East Precinct officers spotted the suspect car and stopped it. Subjects in the car were detained and interviewed.”

This man, Chiew Tong Saechao, was arrested and charged with multiple counts, just hours after the Woodstock Market was held up, police say.

About six hours later, at 11:40 P.M., officers and robbery detectives arrested Chiew Tong Saechao, a 22-year-old male, in relation to this case,” Stewart confirmed. “Saechao was charged with Attempted Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, and other weapons-related offenses. This investigation is still ongoing.”

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