Nearby robbery increases security at St. Vincent’s

Victim was selling a cell phone to suspect, police said

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Septmebeer 2015 (KOIN)
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Septmebeer 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland beefed up their security Monday afternoon after learning police were tracking a robbery suspect in the area.

Mike Rowe with Beaverton Police said authorities are looking into a reported armed robbery in that area. Rowe said the victim met the suspect to sell a cell phone.

Police and K-9 units are in the neighborhood near St. Vincent Hospital. Gary Walker with Providence Hospital told KOIN 6 News the hospital is not and was not on lock down.

Walker admitted the first alert the hospital sent out was incorrect in stating there was an “Active Shooter” on the campus. But they quickly issued a correction and are now looking into the circumstances into how that incorrect alert was sent.

In a statement, Walker said:

At 12:45 p.m., the Washington County Sheriff’s Department informed PSVMC security there was a report of a robbery with a gun on the Peterkort property (an office park west of Providence St. Vincent), indicating the suspect may have fled into the woods behind the hospital. For the safety of our patients, visitors and caregivers, PSVMC immediately secured the entrances and called a “code silver” (issued when there is a situation involving a weapon).

Washington County officials cannot confirm shots were ever fired. Again, they are calling the incident a robbery. Washington County officials searched the woods behind the hospital and found no sign of the suspect. We cleared the “code silver” alert at 1:45 p.m.

One more note: early on, an emergency alert was sent out describing this event as an “active shooter” on campus. As we learned more, we sent out an update. We now know there was no active shooter on the campus.

We are committed to the safety of our caregivers, our patients and their families. When emergencies occur, we want to get accurate information out as soon as possible. We will be reviewing this event and will learn from what happened.

Thank you for your response and for your care for our patients and visitors.