At approximately 11:56PM on January 4th, 2018, officers of the Hermiston Police Department responded to the 11th Street Market on a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred. Officers were on scene within minutes and quickly canvassed the area in and around the business located at 425 NW 11th Street.
Officers were initially told a tall, slender, white male wearing a dark ski mask, a gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and a dark overcoat, had brandished a handgun and demanded money. The male clerk complied with the demand and a minor amount of money was given to the subject who then fled on foot southbound.
Hermiston detectives were called to the scene and began collecting as much evidence as possible to include video surveillance. Though this is still very much an active investigation we are releasing a video still picture of the suspect. That picture shows a very unique coat when looking at the buttons on the front. A coat that could be similar to that of a Navy pea coat.
After reviewing all video, officers are not able to determine the exact race of the suspect but believe the male to be between 5’6” and 6’0”. Additionally, the male was wearing black and white Nike shoes similar to the picture being released and the male had a ring on the middle finger of his left hand (photo not being released).
“We are hoping someone in the public may recognize either the clothing of this person or the ring on the middle finger of the left hand. If anyone has information, we ask they call Lieutenant Randy Studebaker at 541-667-5095," says Chief Jason Edmiston.
“Contrary to comments often floated in social media, Hermiston has historically had a lower violent crime rate as compared to other like-sized communities. Over the course of the last 10 years we have experienced an average of 10 robberies per year. In 2017, we experienced 6 robberies. By statute in Oregon, a robbery can be committed either with force during the act of a theft or with the brandishing of a weapon during a theft. Not all our robberies involve weapons yet it is very unfortunate we are starting 2018 off with this robbery which did involve a weapon,” reports Chief Edmiston.