Carjacker’s luck ends quickly in arrest

Maybe the name of the business where the gunman committed the crime misled him into believing ‘This is my lucky day’

As things turned out, the Glenfair neighborhood “Lucky Spot Deli” proved to be an unlucky place to carjack a patron.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Seeing a glowing sign in the darkness that read “Lucky Spot Deli” might have inspired 23-year-old Temesgen Eyasu Kiros to use his cunning – and his handgun – to “borrow” a vehicle for the evening.

At about 8:20 p.m. on the evening of December 21, Kiros allegedly approached a patron coming out of the Lucky Spot Deli at 14919 SE Stark Street and SE 148th Avenue, flashed his 9mm pistol, and demanded the vehicle.

Officers converge on a vehicle, reported to have been carjacked, moments after it is spotted.

However, the joyride didn’t last long. Minutes later, Kiros was in handcuffs.

“Officers were able to locate the victim’s vehicle, heading westbound on NE Glisan Street,” recounted Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

“Officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop on the car, and arrested Kiros without incident,” Simpson said, adding that officers had also recovered a 9mm pistol during the stop.

It was a costly joyride. 23-year-old Temesgen Eyasu Kiros now faces four Felony charges, and remains in jail. MCDC booking photo

At 12:30 a.m. on December 22, Kiros was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on charges of Robbery in the First Degree (a Class A Felony) and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

After his arraignment later that day, Kiros received two additional felony charges. He remains in MCDC in lieu of $265,000 combined bail.

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