Police are on the lookout for an armed robber who pistol-whipped a patron in the doorway of The Sting Pub early on April 12 – after holding up the manager at gunpoint.
The tavern, located just north of S.E. Malden Court on 82nd Avenue of Roses in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, hadn't been robbed in 16 years, Manager Kathy Trosell ruefully told reporters.
The incident started when bartender Melissa Huddleston noticed a man causing a ruckus around closing time. The man then rushed around, as she was about to call 9-1-1 to summon police – so wasn't able to make the call.
The suspect had hit a customer on the head, ordered him onto the floor, then led Huddleston to a back room, where, at gunpoint, he demanded money. Returning to the bar, the thug demanded more money from the cash register.
What terrified her, Huddleston confided, was that when the thug left, he shouted, 'I kill white people like you for a living; if I see anyone in this parking lot, I'm coming back and you are all dead." However, with the suspect out the door, Huddleston called the police at 2:35 a.m.
The suspect was seen wearing a grey mask under a red hooded sweatshirt, and red sweat pants, and is described as 30 to 40 years old, light skinned, 6' tall, and around 200 pounds. Witnesses at a nearby business said the robber drove off in a white or silver car with a sun roof.
Anyone with information about the holdup is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau's Robbery Detail at 503/823-0412.