Police capture Gateway bar armed robbers

Find out how the suspects in this outer East Portland robbery were caught – some 100 blocks away from the scene of the crime …

Police were called to this Hazelwood neighborhood bar, after it was robbed by bandits brandishing a weapons.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

A pleasant Saturday night of imbibing and gaming came to an abrupt halt on February 10, at 11:25 p.m., when someone in a hoodie, with a scarf around his face, strolled into Rounders Bar and All Lotto, at 11416 NE Halsey Street.

Surveillance video later showed two men walking in, both brandishing firearms, with one of them heading directly to and around the counter where the casher was working, demanding money, and leaving.

It’s clear, by looking at this frame from the establishment’s surveillance video that shows the suspect holding a gun to the worker’s head, that this man isn’t there to play lotto games.

As soon as the hold-up alarm was triggered, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) North and East Precinct officers raced to the scene.

“After receiving cash, the suspects left the location without incident,” said PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Chris Burley.

Police arrive and begin their investigation.

It remains unclear how officers tracked down the fleeing suspects. But, the two bandits, driving what was reported to be a stolen Subaru Forester, made their way due west from the bar, through the Madison South neighborhood, and then through the Rose City Park neighborhood – before being spotted a block north of NE Halsey Street at 46th Avenue.

“Before officers approached the occupants of the Subaru, they put down a ‘spike strip’ near the tires. As officers contacted with the occupants, the driver took off, and ran over the spike strips, puncturing the tires,” reported Burley.

This image, provided by the owner of a car that got smashed in the pursuit, shows where the chase ended.

The pursuit of the partially disabled vehicle ended several blocks south, at the intersection of NE 47th Avenue and Glisan Street, when the fleeing car crashed into four parked vehicles.

“After crashing, the driver continued to attempt to flee from officers while in the vehicle; but officers were eventually able to take the two occupants into custody without further incident,” Burley said.

After the suspects are taken into custody, investigators find this shotgun, and semi-automatic handgun in the reported-stolen car, and take them as evidence.

Parole violator 48-year-old Anthony Prater faces four Felony charges in connection with the alleged armed robbery. MCDC booking photo

48-year-old Anthony Prater was booked in at the Multnomah County detention Center (MCDC) on February 11 at 2:50 a.m. on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Possession of Methamphetamine, and a post-prison violation for a previous conviction of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle.

At his arraignment in Multnomah County Court, Prater learned he’d face four Felony charges, and had his combined bail set at $510,000, but he additionally remains in custody at MCDC on a no-bail Parole Violation charge.

After being patched up at a hospital, 30-year-old Timothy Alexander Padberg will answer for three Felony charges related to his alleged crime spree. MCDC booking photo

After receiving medical treatment related to the car crash, 30-year-old Timothy Alexander Padberg was lodged at MCDC on February 12 at 12:40 p.m. – booked on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Fail to Perform the Duties of a Driver – Property Damage.

Padberg, at his arraignment the afternoon of his booking, learned he will face three Felony charges, and his combined bail set at $505,000, and he too remains at MCDC on a no-bail Parole Violation charge.

Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Robert Hollins at 503-823-3441 or Robert.Hollins@portlandoregon.gov.

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