Suspect Caught In SE Robbery

posted by Anna Erickson - 

A man who's accused of robbing a convenience store in Southeast Portland, used a cab as his get-away car early Monday morning.

Police say they responded to the Plaid Pantry on SE Division Street near 162nd Avenue at 1:18 a.m. Monday, on the report of an armed robbery. 

As officers responded to the Plaid Pantry they learned a suspect had entered the store, flashed a knife and demanded money and other items. 

The 9-1-1 caller reported the man left after getting an undisclosed amount of cash and other items. 

The suspect was seen getting a yellow taxi-cab and taxi-cab was seen driving away from the parking lot.

An officer found and pulled over a yellow taxi near SE 136th Avenue and Division Street, and once stopped, the rear passenger got out of the cab and ran from the officer. That passenger matched the suspect description of the person who had robbed the Plaid Pantry. 

Officers searched the neighborhood for the suspect with the assistance of a police canine team. During the search, the police canine found the suspect in the area of Southeast 138th Avenue and Southeast Clinton Street. 

The suspect was taken into custody and treated at the scene by medics for a canine bite. 

The driver of the taxi-cab remained at the scene, cooperated with investigators and was not taken into custody. 

No one was injured in the robbery.

The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Kelton Holmes. He was lodged in the Multnomah County Jail on a charge of Robbery in the First Degree. 

The Portland Police Detective Division's Robbery Detail is continuing this investigation. Anyone with information about this robbery or Holmes should contact the Robbery Detail at 503-823-0412.

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