Customer detains suspected Plaid Pantry robber

Lester Souza, 35, faces charges of robbery and assault

Portland police

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A customer detained an armed robber following a hold-up at a Plaid Pantry in Southeast Portland early Sunday morning.

Police were called around 1:20 a.m. to the store at 5414 SE Woodstock Street following the robbery. The caller told police a customer followed the robber out of the store.

A few minutes later, another report came that the customer and the suspect were fighting. When police arrived, the customer had the suspect, Lester Souza, detained. Police found an Air Soft pistol and other evidence.

The customer was taken to a hospital for treatment of some injuries.

Souza, 35, was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and booked on robbery and assault charges.

The investigation continues.

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