Police: Gresham robbery was a hoax, inside job

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) —- On paper, the robbery at Grampy’s Corner Deli looked like pretty typical to detectives. A man walks in, armed with what appears to be a gun, orders the employee to the ground, and then steals an undisclosed amount of cash. Except in this case, police said, it was all a hoax – the plot of a husband and wife.

Filicity Ann Houston, 26, speaking to KOIN outside her Gresham apartment. (KOIN)
Filicity Ann Houston, 26, speaking to KOIN outside her Gresham apartment. (KOIN)

Gresham Police Department executed a search warrant Thursday in the 1500 block of Northeast Hale Place.

Detective John Rasmussen said the warrant was related to the report of an early morning armed robbery at the deli on May 20.

Filicity Ann Houston, 26, was working at the time of the reported robbery and was the only person inside the store, Rasmussen said.

Justin J. Young shown in a booking photo after being arrested by Troutdale police earlier this year on an unrelated matter.
Justin J. Young shown in a booking photo after being arrested by Troutdale police earlier this year on an unrelated matter.

According to police reports, a man entered the store, displayed a gun and demanded money and ordered Houston to the ground. The man left the deli with an undisclosed amount of money and Houston called 911 a few minutes later, police said.

During the investigation, police said they learned that the would-be robber is Gresham resident Justin James Young, 24. Rasmussen said Young is also Houston’s husband.

“The robbery was a hoax, with both Young and Houston in on the planned theft from Grampy’s,” Rasmussen said in a prepared statement.

Young used an airsoft pistol as part of his plan to make it look like the business was being robbed and not just an employee-related theft.

Houston and Young have met with detectives and are cooperating with the investigation, police said.

When reached at her apartment, Houston declined to comment on the matter, only saying “no comment.”

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will review the case and is expected to consider charges of first-degree theft, criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree theft and initiating a false report, police said.

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