Help the cops bust these two dangerous thugs

See stunning video of one of these crimes here. And, if you know the identity of either of the suspects in these two incidents, turn ’em in and get up to $1,000 for your effort …

On the Foster Road MAX platform, this shocking image shows a thug fighting with a rider after “asking to listen to his headphones” … and then he pulled a gun. TriMet surveillance image

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
This week, we bring you two unsolved cases. The first took place near Mall 205; the other in Lents, at the MAX stop.

Case #1: ‘Wigged Robber’ rips off  Dotty’s Deli

This casual gaming establishment was the scene of a late night stickup.

On Saturday, August 25, at 12:41 a.m., Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers responded to the report of a robbery at Dotty’s Deli at 10090 SE Washington Street.

Officers arrived at the Hazelwood Neighborhood establishment and learned that the suspect had entered the business and demanded money.

The 40-50 year old white male bandit implied that he had a gun; but he never flashed it.

“The suspect is described as 5’7″, 180 to 200 pounds, wearing a blue T-shirt, blue baseball hat with a yellow logo, black sunglasses, and a gray wig,” PPB Public Information Officer. Sgt. Pete Simpson reported.

If you’re able to identify this man, you could get a cash reward. Store-supplied  surveillance image

Contact Detective Dan McGetrick at (503) 823-0464 or – or see the Crime Stoppers contact information below.

Case #2: Headphone-loving gunman opens fire

Atop these steps, on the MAX platform, a man uses the cover of darkness to hide his unusual and seemingly pointless crime.

On September 13, 2012, at 9:31 p.m., police rolled to the Lents MAX Light Rail platform, elevated high atop SE Foster Road.

“The victim said he was seated on the west side of the platform, waiting for the MAX train, when the suspect rode up on a bicycle,” Simpson said.

“The victim told police that the suspect wanted to listen to the victim’s headphones. When the victim refused, the suspect pulled a handgun and fired shots towards the victim and into the surrounding area,” added Simpson.

After accosting the victim, this surveillance camera picks up the thug as he gets on his bike, gun still in handTriMet surveillance image

Recorded from yet another camera, the gunman makes his getaway. TriMet surveillance image

“The victim grabbed onto the suspect and they struggled to the ground, where the victim suffered an arm injury, but not from gunfire.”

> You can see this crime go down in a detailed video: CLICK HERE to watch the event unfold.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, wearing a white T-shirt and shorts, black baseball hat backwards, riding a black BMX bicycle, last seen southbound on Southeast 92nd Avenue.

You can get a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case as well.

Detective Robert Hollins is investigating this one; you can reach him at (503) 823-3441 or

To leave a tip – and perhaps earn cash – contact Crime Stoppers online at, text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by your tip, or call 503-823-HELP (4357) and leave your tip information.

© 2012 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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