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Police arrest man accused of Portland bank robbery

In Oregon and all across the nation, taking someone's possessions is against the law. Theft or robbery charges can stem from a simple act, such as entering a home and taking valuable items to more complicated, serious federal cases, such as robbing a bank.

Recently a Portland man was arrested for federal bank robbery charges after he allegedly robbed a Portland bank and tried to get away on a bus. According to court documents, the suspect entered the Northwest Portland Key Bank one afternoon and handed a note to a teller, demanding cash.

The suspect obtained nearly $1,400 and boarded a city bus. Police received reports that a man fitting the description of the 35-year-old suspect was riding public transportation so apprehension was uneventful. Police stated they discovered an envelope with the stolen cash and drug paraphernalia in the suspect's possession.

Robbing a bank is a federal offense, which is prosecuted in a federal court with much stiffer penalties for conviction. Federal courts use different sentencing guidelines that can be difficult to navigate without proper legal assistance. Conviction of federal crime can lead to life-altering consequences, such as a lengthy prison sentence, fines and other penalties.

This suspected federal bank robber will need a staunch legal advocate who can mitigate on his behalf and establish a strong criminal defense. It is important for the suspect to exercise his legal rights to avoid the potential serious consequences of conviction.

A Portland native in custody for theft charges should remain silent, deferring all communication to his or her legal representative. By doing so, the suspect can avoid giving possible incriminating evidence that that can be used against him or her at trial. All defendants are entitled to a strong defense and should seek to not only understand their situation but also establish the best course of action for their defense.

Source: Oregonlive.com, "TriMet bus rider arrested after robbing Portland bank, court documents say," Everton Bailey Jr., March 15, 2014

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