Menlo Park bank robbed – again

This robbery suspect wasn’t given a colorful moniker, as was the one last week. Here’s what’s known about this bank heist, just five days later …

After a second robbery, in less that a week, at this Hazelwood neighborhood US Bank branch in outer East Portland, police units again roll into the area.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Just five days after the U.S. Bank branch located at 12203 NE Glisan Street was robbed by a suspect that Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Robbery division detectives had called “The Palpatine Bandit”, due to his resemblance to the evil Star Wars character, the same bank location was robbed again on December 19 – apparently by a different suspect.

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This time, police are looking for a more ordinary suspect, instead of one who resembled a villain from a Star Wars movie.

Just after noon, a dozen East Precinct units rolled toward the bank, with some of the officers searching for the bank robbery suspect.

“At 12:12 p.m., officers responded to the U.S. Bank branch on the report of a robbery,” reported PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson.

Police officers spread out through the neighborhood, looking for the suspect.

“Bank employees told police that the suspect approached a teller and demanded money and, after obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the bank without incident,” Simpson said.

Employees described the suspect as an Hispanic male, 5’2″ to 5’3″ tall, with a slim build, and wearing dark-colored hooded jacket.

“Several officers checked the neighborhood but did not locate anyone matching the suspect’s description,” Simpson remarked.

Anyone with information about this suspect – or, in fact, either robbery – is asked to contact Detective Brett Hawkinson at 503-823-1080, brett.hawkinson@portlandoregon.gov.

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