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Police look for suspect they said robbed cab drivers

Police look for suspect they said robbed cab drivers
Eric Deshaunte Russell

GRESHAM, Ore. – Several times in the past few months a man called for a cab, got in for a ride and ended up robbing the driver at knifepoint, police said.

Officers are now asking for help to find the suspect, 29-year-old Eric Deshaunte Russell. A Gresham police spokesman said investigators believe Russell is responsible for robbing four taxi drivers between March and June.

Portland police investigators suspect Russell is also responsible for fifth cab robbery in Southeast Portland.

Gresham detective John Rasmussen said each of the four robberies in Gresham followed a similar pattern. Police said Russell called for a taxi, then either during or at the end of the ride pulled out a knife and robbed the driver.

In the most recent case on June 16, Rasmussen said Russell forced the driver to pull over one block away from the pick-up location then robbed him. In that case the driver managed to run away.

The other robberies happened March 24 in the 17800 block of Oregon Street, June 7 in the 800 block of 187th Avenue and June 13 in the same location. All the robberies happened between 10 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.

None of the four taxi drivers in Gresham was physically hurt during the robberies. Russell managed to get away with cash and two iPhones, police said.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Gresham tip line at (503) 618-2719 or (888) 989-3505.