Police arrest 'Nerdy Bandit' robbery suspect

Police arrest 'Nerdy Bandit' robbery suspect
Thaddeus Vachel Lindsay-Woods (left) and the forensic sketch police released last year.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police on Friday arrested a robbery suspect known as the “Nerdy Bandit.”

Thaddeus Vachel Lindsay-Woods, 31, was arrested after the Special Emergency Reaction Team served a search warrant at his home on Southeast Division Street at 5 a.m., police said.

Lindsay-Woods is suspected of robbing three businesses in October of 2013.

The first robbery happened on Oct. 4 at the American Apparel store at 3410 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., according to police. The suspect walked in just before 8 p.m. and gave an employee a demand note that said he was armed. He walked out of the store with an undisclosed amount of cash.

On Oct. 11, the suspect tried to rob an American Apparel store located at 1234 S.W. Stark St., but when he gave an employee a demand note, the employee ran away from the register. The suspect ran out of the store without any money.

Two days later on Oct. 13, investigators believe the same suspect robbed an Urban Outfitters store at 2320 N.W. Westover Rd. This time, police said the man was armed with a handgun. He ran out the back entrance of the store after an employee gave him cash.

Police said in all three incidents, the suspect browsed for clothes for a few minutes before approaching the employee.

Witnesses told police the suspect looked “nerdyish”. He wore black-rimmed glasses and a different hat during each robbery.

Police released a forensic sketch of the man last year. Crime Stoppers of Oregon received several tips that police said helped them with the investigation.

Police took Lindsay-Woods to the Multnomah County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday to face charges of 1st degree robbery and 2nd degree robbery.