Police: Man uses mace in robbery

Brian Barcenasaguirre (June 20, 2013, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
Brian Barcenasaguirre (June 20, 2013, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A person looking to purchase cell phones on Craigslist ended up being sprayed in the face with mace, officials said.

Omid Alipoor, told Portland police on June 11 he posted an advertisement online in an attempt to buy iPhones, court documents obtained by KOIN 6 News state. A person replied to the posting and started text messaging Alipoor, prosecutors said.

The other person agreed to a transaction of two phones for $520 each and set up a meeting place, Deputy District Attorney Adam Gibbs wrote.

When Alipoor arrived, a man came up to the car, officials said. Alipoor asked the man if he brought the phone, to which the guy replied: “Nah,” Gibbs states.

Suddenly, a second man, identified as Brian Barcenas-Aguierre, 18, came up to the window and yelled explicit words while ordering Alipoor to hand over his belongings, court documents state.

During the robbery, Barcenas-Aguierre sprayed Alipoor with mace “directly in his face,” Gibbs states.

Alipoor was able to drive away and called police, court documents state. Moments later, Barcenas-Aguierre sprayed the victim a second time with mace, Gibbs said. Portland police arrived on scene as that was happening and arrested him before he could flee the scene.

An officer stated in his report that he saw the suspect throw a Sabre-brand mace canister on the ground, Gibbs wrotes.

While being transported to jail, Barcenas-Aguierre told officers that the other suspect was Jordan Jones.

Jones reportedly went to Barcenas-Aguierre’s home and set up the plan to rob someone who was using Craigslist, Gibbs wrote.

When police asked why he used pepper spray, Barcenas-Aguierre said “I was just doing what they told me,” Gibbs wrote.

Barcenas-Aguierre remains in the Multnomah County Detention Center. He is charged with second-degree robbery and two counts of unlawful use of mace. He has been indicted by a grand jury and has entered a not guilty plea.

The other suspect involved in the robbery, Jones, remains on the run.

— Brent Weisberg

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