Serial robbery suspect arrested after 95 mph chase

Demarcus Yordell Vance, 24, shown in a jail booking photo (MCSO).

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A 24-year-old man will be arraigned Wednesday afternoon on several felony charges after he was arrested early Tuesday morning following a high-speed chase that law enforcement sources described as “very dangerous.”

Demarcus Yordell Vance faces five counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of attempting to elude police by vehicle, attempting to elude police on foot, interfering with a peace officer, reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Demarcus Yordell Vance, 24, is taken into custody by Portland Police (KOIN)
Demarcus Yordell Vance, 24, is taken into custody by Portland Police (KOIN)

A law enforcement source confirms Vance was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday after being questioned by robbery detectives.

According to police, Vance is responsible for at least five robberies at local Plaid Pantry stores. Police confirmed they are looking to see if Vance may be connected to other robberies as well.

In the most recent robbery, police were dispatched to the Plaid Pantry at Northeast 16th and Northeast Broadway at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday on a report that a man walked into the store and implied he had a gun. Officials said Vance stole cash, cigarettes and beer.

He then fled the store in a vehicle traveling northbound on Northeast 16th, police said.

A short time later, a patrol officer spotted Vance’s vehicle, which was reported stolen, and started to chase the car. A law enforcement source described the chase as “very dangerous.”

Speeds ranged between 75 to 80 miles per hour eastbound on Interstate 84. Eventually, Vance got onto Northeast Sandy Boulevard from Northeast 35th Street and speeds reached 95 miles per hour. Officers stopped pursuing Vance because of his erratic driving, an official said.

A patrol officer was able to use a spike strip and flatten one of Vance’s tires, police said.

The getaway vehicle Demarcus Yordell Vance is accused of driving was reported stolen. (KOIN)
The getaway vehicle Demarcus Yordell Vance is accused of driving was reported stolen. (KOIN)

The vehicle was found abandoned over Interstate 205 on Northeast Killingsworth, police said.

A large neighborhood search was conducted using several police K-9 units. Vance was eventually located hiding in a yard in the 4700 block of Northeast 97th, police confirmed.

Officials confirm they found several items inside his vehicle that link Vance to the recent robberies, including cash.

According to Portland police Vance is accused of robbing five Plaid Pantry locations

  •  2010 North Killingsworth Street at 2:52 a.m. Monday
  • 5146 Northeast Holgate Street at 9:36 a.m. Monday
  • 7144 Northeast Killingsworth Street at 10:50 a.m. Monday
  • 6510 North Greeley Avenue at 5:48 p.m. Monday
  • 1715 Northeast 16th Avenue at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday

Vance is expected to appear in Multnomah County Circuit Court for his arraignment on Wednesday afternoon.

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