FBI: Man with rifle orders bank employees to the ground

FBI: Man with rifle orders bank employees to the ground
The FBI says this man pointed a rifle at several Umpqua Bank employees during a robbery on Thursday morning. (Photo courtesy FBI)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A masked man armed with a rifle robbed an Umpqua Bank branch near Southwest Portland on Thursday afternoon.

According to FBI spokeswoman Beth Anne Steele, the armed man walked into the bank near the intersection of Barnes and Miller Roads around 10:30 a.m. carrying what appeared to be a rifle. He pointed the weapon at three employees and ordered them to the ground, Steele said.

A few minutes later the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in a dark-colored four-door car.

Witnesses said the suspect was around 5 feet 9 inches tall and of medium build. He was wearing a white mask, goggles, a dark hooded sweatshirt and light-colored jeans.

Steele said the robbery is similar to one that happened at a nearby Chase Bank branch in October. FBI agents and Washington County sheriff’s deputies are trying to figure out if the two are related.

Sheriff’s deputies are working the case because the bank is located in an unincorporated part of Washington County not far from the Portland city line.

Anyone with information about the two robberies can call the FBI at (503) 224-4181.