Are area hotel robberies connected?

A man wearing a hockey mask tied up one person and threatened to explode a bomb while he robbed the Quality Inn in Woodland, Sept. 14, 2013 (Woodland Police Department)
A man wearing a hockey mask tied up one person and threatened to explode a bomb while he robbed the Quality Inn in Woodland, Sept. 14, 2013 (Woodland Police Department)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Though police won’t officially confirm these crimes are related, three separate hotel robberies all have the same method:

An armed man wearing a hockey mask walks into a hotel robbery, demands money and ties up the employees.

The first happened at the Silver Cloud Inn in Northwest Portland on Sept. 5. The suspect pulled a gun, used zip ties to bind the clerk, threatened to set off a bomb and took the small amount of money that was there. He also took the clerk’s purse.

The next day, the La Quinta Inn in Wilsonville also was robbed. The thief pointed a gun at them and then tied them both up. He then briefly untied one of them so she could empty out the cash drawer. He grabbed the cash, along with the victims’ purses, and fled.

This past Saturday, a man wearing a hockey mask pulled a gun on a hotel clerk at the Quality Inn in Woodland. He tied the clerk up and threatened to set off a bomb he said he was holding in his hand. There may have been a getaway car used in that robbery, police said.

Investigators can’t say for certain if these cases are connected, but they’re asking for help from the public in identifying clues.

“The one thing we’re encouraging people to do is to be good witnesses, pay attention to details, clothing types, any vehicles, accents, any little thing that you can pay attention to,” said PPB Sgt. Pete Simpson.

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