Attempted robbery suspect in Hermiston scared off when owner fires gun

Hermiston — A suspect allegedly trying to hold up a Hermiston convenience store ran away before getting any cash when the owner fired a handgun at him, police said.

Hermiston police are now offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

The attempted robbery occurred at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Tienda la Comadre.

“Nothing was taken from inside the store, but we are treating this as an active investigation for the attempted robbery,” said Chief Jason Edmiston.

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The suspect, who was wearing dark clothes, including a hooded sweatshirt, gloves and something covering his face, was in the store for only about 5 seconds before running out, Edmiston said.

The 6-foot-tall suspect also had a dark backpack and a weapon that resembled a handgun.

Edmiston said investigators don’t know if the weapon was a real firearm, but they are considering the suspect to be extremely dangerous.

 

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