Police arrest man in connection with convenience store robbery spree

PORTLAND, Ore. - Police arrested a man Tuesday morning who is suspected of robbing several convenience stores this week.

Demarcus Yordell Vance, 24, was charged in connection with the robbery of several Plaid Pantries.

Police said they began tracking down Vance after he robbed a store at 1715 N.E. 15th Ave. early Tuesday morning. An officer who was responding to the robbery saw a suspicious person trying to get into a stolen car, and tried to stop it.

Vance took off, police said, and the officer chased him but stopped when the pursuit got too dangerous.

Other officers had gotten ahead of the chase, however, and used spike strips to flatten the car's tires.

Police said Vance ditched the car at NE 96th Ave. and N.E. Sandy Blvd. and took off on foot, but that they established a perimeter and used a K-9 to track him down.

Police recovered money they said was taken in the robbery.

Vance was charged with five counts of second-degree robbery and one count each of attempt to elude on foot and with a vehicle; reckless driving; interfering with a police officer; possession of a stolen motor vehicle; and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.