Armed robber caught after Oregon clothing store holdup
A 20-year-old Southern California man tried to take precautions to avoid being identified when he robbed a Salem clothing store at gunpoint recently, but employees were still able to chase him until police arrived.
According to Salem Police, the man entered the Top to Bottom retail clothing shop wearing a black hoodie and bandanna on his face and showing a gun. After robbing the store, he fled the premises and was soon chased by store employees.
When police officers arrived, they were able to take the man into custody in a nearby parking lot. Although they did not find the weapon allegedly used in the holdup, officers did recover most of the cash taken as well as the bandanna he wore and a small amount of methamphetamine.
The man is being held in the Marion County Correctional Facility and now faces charges of robbery in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance.
Anyone convicted of felony robbery faces the prospect of severe punishment, including incarceration and fines.
Certain factors, however, are typically considered when charges are being assessed by police and when indictments are made by prosecutors. Some of these considerations include whether there was the use of or threat of force, whether weapons were involved and whether violent acts were committed. When police are unable to recover a weapon that the robber allegedly used, that may present problems for prosecutors.
A felony crime such as robbery has long-term consequences for convicted defendants. However, defendants have legal rights to fight the allegations. By taking advantage of the services of an attorney who has comprehensive knowledge of criminal law, defendants have a chance to obtain more favorable dispositions of their cases while protecting their civil rights.