Help cops bust this knife-wielding bandit

See how you can pick up a $1,000 in cash for helping cops find the guy who is suspected of robbing the Ace Tavern last summer in Parkrose …

Police say this tough guy, suspected of robbing the barkeep at The Ace on Sandy is 45 year-old, John Roy Ferguson. Know him? Turn him in!

By David F. Ashton
Last summer, we asked for your help to identify the guy who robbed the bartender of the Ace Tavern, at 8868 NE Sandy Boulevard just before closing time on July 22, 2008.

“The suspect, armed with a knife, entered the tavern through the rear entrance and immediately went into the bathroom,” recalled Portland Police Bureau Detective Sue Kruger who has been working the case.

“The victim was getting ready to close the bar, when the suspect, armed with a knife, approached her and demanded money from the till. The suspect took the money and left on foot eastbound on NE Prescott Street,” Kruger stated.

But, the suspect didn’t get away without having his photo taken on security cameras at The Ace … take a look at the photos they provided.

The suspect is 45 year-old, John Roy Ferguson, the detective said. “He is described as a white male, 5’7″ to 5’10” tall, shoulder-length blond hair, brown eyes, and mustache. At the time of the crime he was wearing a light -colored or faded hat, a gray “Cowboys” sweatshirt, and blue jeans.  Ferguson is most likely living in the Vancouver, Washington area and in the past has frequented motels that cater to a transient population.”

Here he is – after allegedly robbing the bartender. If you know where the cops can nab him, turn him in before he hurts or kills someone during his next alleged robbery.

Crime Stoppers coordinator Brandi Gilbert said they’re offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357) or leave a tip online at

© 2009 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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