Suspect at large after robbing Radio Cab driver at gunpoint in Southeast Portland

Ash Sain has been driving cabs for 13 years. He says he's seen some crazy stuff in his time, but never could imagine what happened to him in the early hours of Sunday, Feb. 5.

Sain says he went out on a dispatch call around 2:30 in the morning. He picked up a man at Burnside and Grand. He said almost immediately, he knew something was off.

"This guy got in and asked me to take him to an unspecified destination," said Sain.

Sain said they eventually made it to 72nd and Flavel.

"He had me pull all the way to the back parking lot and that's when he pulled out a gun and says, 'This is the part where I tell you to give me all your money,'" said Sain.

Sain said he also took his phone and then held him at gunpoint for nearly 30 minutes.

"We don't have these types of incidents very often," said Radio Cab Superintendent Noah Ernst. "For the number of trips that we give, and we give over a million a year, to have it not happen in four years, shows you how rarely it happens. And that doesn't mean it's not incredibly serious, it is, it's just comforting to know that it's not a routine situation."

Ernst tells his cab drivers to always trust their gut.

"We tell our drivers to be alert and to be aware, but really, 99 percent of people you will give a ride to are just good, nice people," said Ernst.

Sain said he wasn't hurt, but took a few days off to decompress. He said he'll be back on the job soon.

"That's what really outweighs the risks; it's really fun to have a job to be helpful, and that's why I stay here," said Sain.

If you recognize the suspect (pictured above), call Portland police.


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