Woodstock bank robber captured; another sought
A man suspected of being a serial bank robber – specifically, of robbing six Portland banks between January 4 and February 11 – was captured the day after his last caper.
On February 11, he allegedly held up KeyBank, at S.E. 46th Street and Woodstock Boulevard.
A day later, on February 12, the U.S. Marshal's Oregon Fugitive Task Force arrested 48-year-old Franklin Aaron Bearcub at a Motel 6 on S.E .Stark Street between 92nd Avenue and the I-205 freeway.
"During the investigation, Portland Police Bureau Robbery Detectives and the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force were able to identify Bearcub as the suspect, and learned that he had an outstanding federal parole violation warrant on an original charge of bank robbery," reported Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Bearcub was booked into Multnomah County Detention Center at 1:09 p.m. on the day of his arrest, and is currently lodged without bail on a U.S. Marshall "Hold" at Inverness Jail. Bank robbery is a federal crime.
Still under investigation is a separate armed bank robbery, reported at 9:47 a.m. on January 23 at the Wells Fargo Bank branch inside the Woodstock Safeway store.
According to FBI information, they call this suspect the "Double Hat Bandit". This man is suspected of holding up three Utah banks in December, and two Spokane area credit unions – both of them inside Safeway stores – in January, before appearing in Portland.
If you think you've seen him, call 9-1-1; he's considered armed and dangerous.