Cops cut short Sunday morning teens armed robbery spree

Find out who officials tell us are now facing Measure 11 charges from this crime rampage …

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

As the sunlight was beginning to illuminate the city on January 18, a trio began what law enforcement officials describe as a “robbery spree” that victimized citizens in North Portland, outer East Portland, and Gresham.

7:20 a.m. – A victim reports being held up at NE 19th Avenue and Killingsworth Street.

“Officers contacted the victim, who said he was robbed at gunpoint by three African American males,” said Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simson. “The three reportedly left the scene of the alleged crime in a black 1990s Ford Crown Victoria.”
8:09 a.m. – Another victim calls the 9-1-1 Dispatch Center saying he was robbed at gunpoint at SE 135th Avenue and Division Street.

“That victim also told officers that he was robbed by two African American males who left the area in a dark blue Ford Crown Victoria,” Simpson said.

8:19 a.m. A third victim, near the previous robbery at SE 139th Avenue and Mill Street, reports being held up by armed thugs.

“While officers were checking the surrounding neighborhood for the suspects, other East Precinct District officers were dispatched to this call,” Simpson confirmed.

Following multiple leads about multiple armed robberies being committed by a trio in a dark 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, a police officer takes off to search for the vehicle.

“Officers checking the area spotted the suspect vehicle, a black 1997 Ford Crown Victoria, driving eastbound on Main Street from 162nd Avenue,” Simpson said. “The suspect vehicle attempted to elude police, but an East Precinct sergeant used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) to spin the suspect vehicle out.”

The get-away car driver regained control and sped away – until he ran over “spike strips” thrown in the roadway by a Gresham Police officer – and finally rolled to a stop at SE Powell Boulevard and NW Wallula Avenue.

“Three suspects were taken into custody,” Simpson later reported.

“There were no injures during the commission of the robberies, or during the pursuit,” Simpson stated. “However, additional investigation by police led to the discovery of two handguns.”

18-year-old Patrick Dynell Jenkins now faces charges that includes three Class A Felonies – Measure 11 crimes.

At 3:16 p.m., PPB Robbery Detectives booked 18-year-old Patrick Dynell Jenkins into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on charges of Robbery in the First Degree (three counts) and Robbery in the Second Degree (three counts).

After his arraignment on January 20 in Multnomah County District Court, Jenkins remains in custody at MCDC, in lieu of $1.5 million bail.

-3 Two teenagers alleged to have been involved in that robbery spree are now being held here, at the Donald E. Long Juvenile School.

“16-year-old Augugua Ukpabi and 15-year-old Tommy Lee Waters were lodged at the Donald E. Long Juvenile School [Detention Home] on the same Measure 11 charges,” Simpson concluded.

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