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Robbery at Chase bank in Scappoose

Police are still searching for a male who allegedly robbed the Chase bank inside the Scappoose Fred Meyer.


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose police officers search for the suspect of a bank robbery on Old Portland Rd. in southern Scappoose.The Scappoose police department has confirmed they are engaging in a man hunt following an incident at the Chase bank inside the Scappoose Fred Meyer. A perimeter has been set up around the immediate area, and officers have begun questioning the employees inside the bank.

The officers declined to confirm or deny whether a weapon was used in the incident, but it appears no one has been harmed, though the suspect is still at large and the K-9 unit is being brought in to aid the search. The suspect is a male, and it has been reported that the suspect fled on foot.

Police have advised residents to remain inside and stay clear of the dogs, as interference can throw off dog's tracking abilities.

Updates:

4:32 p.m. -- Three dog teams have been dispatched around the southern end of Scappoose near the movie theater. One team is making their way up Callahan road with another team searching to the east of the theater. No arrests have been made.

4:39 p.m. -- Police report that a "hot track" has been picked up by one of the dog teams.

4:49 p.m. -- Old Portland Rd. and Callahan Rd. seems to be a staging point for police, teams of handlers are switching off as darkness falls in Scappoose.

4:52 p.m. Suspect may be in dark clothing and has a tatto on his neck, possibly either a white pickup or a black lexis may be involved.

4:58 p.m. -- At least one K-9 unit has called off the search, Police will continue until 5:15 p.m. at which point the search will be called off.

5:00 p.m. -- Police are checking the Fred Meyer parking lot for a black Lexis.

5:06 p.m. -- Suspect is described as wearing jeans, a dark jacket and a red baseball cap.

5:07 p.m. -- Seach seems to have been called, police are meeting at Old Portland Rd. and Dutch Canyon Rd.

5:12 p.m. -- Suspect has been spotted running down Highway 30 toward Warren, Police are en route.

5:14 p.m. -- Officers in pursuit have been advised to turn off their sirens as they approach the suspect near Malarkey Ranch in Warren on Highway 30.

5:15 p.m. -- Updated description: Black pants, black jacket, red baseball hat and black backpack. Officers have yet to arrive on the scene. Suspect is on the river side of the highway.

5:17 p.m. -- "I don't think it's my guy." "Keep looking other places, I don't think it's him."

5:20 p.m. -- Police have caught up with the individual along Highway 30, but still don't believe the individual is involved in the robbery.

5:23 p.m. -- The individual along Highway 30 has been released.

5:24 p.m. -- The search seems to be over, but we'll post updates when more information is made available. Police have said there will NOT be a press conference.

The Police Dept. has said a statement will be issued later this evening.