Monday, October 11, 2010

Masked robbers pull off successful bank heist -- Portland, OR

Two suspects in masks entered a Northeast Portland bank Friday afternoon, discharged their guns, and left with an unknown amount of money, according to Portland Police.

The robbery took place at about 12:45 p.m. at 4920 NE 42nd Ave., and police continue to search for the suspects, both of whom are described as wearing gray hooded sweatshirts.

Three employees at the U.S. Bank fled to a nearby ice cream shop and called 9-1-1, according to one employee.

"Three bank employees came running out saying the bank was being violently robbed," said Catlin Moser, who was at Roses Ice Cream.

Moser said the employees reported the two robbers were wearing "Shrek-style Halloween masks" as they entered the bank.

Shots were fired but no one was injured during the robbery, and contrary to an initial witness report, no hostages were taken, according to Portland Police.

Police and investigators from the FBI continue to work on the robbery case.

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