Police chase down suspect after pharmacy robbery

Police chase down suspect after pharmacy robbery
Tyler Bart Ljubich

PORTLAND, Ore. – Police chased down a man who they said robbed a pharmacy in Northeast Portland Saturday afternoon.

Someone called 911 just after 4:30 p.m. to report that a friend sent her a text from Paulson’s Pharmacy that said the business was being robbed.

Police said 27-year-old Tyler Bart Ljubich left the business, located at 4246 NE Sandy Boulevard, after officers arrived in the area. When officers approached him and told him to stop, Ljubich took off running.

Ljubich ran into the parking lot of the Grocery Outlet at 4420 NE Hancock Street, where an officer cut him off with his police car. A customer tackled him and held him down.

Police used a Taser to control Ljubich as he struggled with officers. When medics arrived to remove the Taser probes, Ljubich tried to run away again while in handcuffs, police said. Officers put him in a patrol car.

Police found his gun, which they said was an Airsoft replica gun. They recovered the pharmacy’s stolen oxycontin and the money taken from several customers inside the business.

Ljubich faces five counts of robbery in the second degree and one count of escape in the third degree.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.