'The guy just came in - came in with his gun already out'

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Clerk Kenny Thomas shows the marks left after a robber hit him in the neck with a gun Friday morning. (KATU image)

PORTLAND, Ore. - A man working the graveyard shift at a Northeast Portland hotel ended up getting hit in the neck with a gun during a robbery Friday morning.

Police were called to the Comfort Inn at Northeast 82nd and Wasco around 5:45 a.m. on a report of an armed robbery. The victim, Kenny Thomas, told officers a man armed with a gun entered the office and demanded money.

Thomas said during the robbery the suspect yelled "get on the floor and give me all your money."

The suspect also ordered a guest to sit down, Thomas said. The guest told the robber that his wallet was up in the room so he didn't have any money.

"The guy just came in, came in with his gun already out, kinda like, almost like a movie," Thomas said. "Me and the other guy sat there, almost in shock for 10 or 15 seconds because we didn’t think it was real."

Thomas said the suspect apparently thought he wasn't moving fast enough to get the money. That's when the suspect used the gun to hit Thomas in the neck.

"I’ve done retail, hospitality my whole life. I’ve been trained what to do if I’m ever robbed. You obey their commands and do what they tell you to do and that’s what I did," he said.

Police searched the area with a canine unit but did not find anyone.

The suspect was described by police as an Asian or Hispanic male in his 20s, with a thin build. He was wearing a light blue hoodie, dark blue pants, black shoes, sunglasses and a dust mask.

"(The suspect) was unsure of himself, kept saying stuff that didn’t make sense, very nervous," said Mark Gobe, the guest who was in the lobby when the suspect came in. "He even stood there and took out the change out of the cash drawer. I thought that was kind of funny he was spending time to dig out the change."

"I have a story to tell when I get home," Gobe added.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call police at (503) 823-0405.

There have been some other recent armed robberies at hotels:

  • June 14 - Pony Soldier Inn in Gresham
  • July 31 - Comfort Suites on Southeast 60th Avenue in Portland
  • August 3 - Days Inn in Clackamas

There is no word on whether the cases are connected.