Police nab Lents pot-shop armed robbers

Find out why it’s unlikely this duo will likely be enjoying a ‘4:20’ break for quite some time, after this outer East Portland pot-theft caper …

It’s quiet now, at this Lents neighborhood marijuana dispensary, but not so the night employees were threatened and held up by armed robbers.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

It’s pretty quiet along SE 122nd Avenue near the corner of Harold Street most evenings.

On November 6, at 9:57 p.m., Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were sent to a building at 5515 SE 122nd Avenue – where there was, for years, “Tina’s Corner Restaurant” – and where now you’ll find “The Oregon Bud Company”. It was an Armed Robbery call.

Upon their arrival, officers learned from workers that armed robbers had held them up at gunpoint, making off with cash and marijuana.

Swarming the neighborhood, police officers come upon two men who matched the suspects’ descriptions.

Officers flooded the area and located two men who were believed to be connected to the robbery, only seven streets west of the holdup, and two blocks south of Harold Street, near the corner of SE 115th Avenue and Reedway Street.

“Two subjects were arrested, and officers recovered a bag of money, a handgun, marijuana, and a replica firearm,” a PPB spokesperson reported.

These men, 21 year-old Stephen Dale Lewis, and 19 year-old Christopher Paul Angel, now face Class A Felony charges in connection with this robbery. MCDC booking photos

At 4:40 a.m. on November 7, 21 year-old Stephen Dale Lewis was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on charges of Robbery I, Robbery II, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

And, at 5:04 a.m., 19 year-old Christopher Paul Angel was booked into the MCDC – also on charges of Robbery I, Robbery II, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

At their arraignments later that day, both Lewis and Angel learned they’d each be tried on all three felony charges. With a combined bail of $505,000 set for each suspect, both Lewis and Angel are currently lodged in MCDC in lieu of bail.

If anyone has further information about this case, contact Detective Todd Prosser at (503) 823-9320 or todd.prosser@portlandoregon.gov.

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