‘Safeway bandit’ flees, crashes into cop cars

Here’s how a robbery investigation beginning in Powellhurst-Gilbert ended up, days later, in Woodstock …

An armed holdup at this outer East Portland grocery store leads to a three-day series of pursuits, and ends with the suspect crashing into police cars, and being arrested in the Woodstock neighborhood.

By David F. Ashton

On Thursday, December 5, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct officers were called to the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood Safeway store on S.E. 122nd Avenue at Powell Boulevard when a robbery was reported.

“Officers at the scene learned that the suspect brandished a gun at security [personnel] during the robbery and left the area in a vehicle. After checking the area, officers were unable to locate the suspect,” a PPB official said.

Just when it seemed that police had the fleeing felonious suspect cornered, he slips again.

What officers did learn was that the suspect drove away in a black two-door sports car, and they kept a sharp lookout for the car. The next day, December 6, officers spotted it, and gave chase – but the pursuit was ended after speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour. The car came back as having been stolen.

Then, on Saturday, December 7, officers again spied the car, and tried to stop it. “The suspect failed to stop and another traffic pursuit ensued; officers once again terminated the pursuit once speeds exceeded 100 miles per hour,” the police spokesperson said.

An officer finally stops the suspect, by ramming into his stolen car, disabling it. Courtesy of KATU-2 News

A short time later, Officers located the vehicle and again, took up the traffic pursuit. “During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle rammed and disabled a police car at the intersection of SE 60th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard,” the police official said.

The suspect tried to again make a getaway – but this time, an officer used his patrol car to ram and disable the suspect’s stolen sports car near SE 57th Avenue and Insley Street.

This man, 30-year-old Jeremy Lowell Cannon, now faces numerous felony and misdemeanor charges. MCDC booking photo

Officers arrested 30-year-old Jeremy Lowell Cannon, and booked him into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) at 6:33 p.m. on December 7 on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Robbery in the Second Degree, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, three counts of Attempting to Elude By Vehicle, two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, and three counts of Reckless Driving.

At his arraignment, Cannon learned he’d face a total of 18 felony and misdemeanor charges filed against him; he is currently lodged in MCDC in lieu of $577,500 combined bail.

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