Robbery suspects lead police on a chase from Vancouver to Portland

Robbery suspects lead police on a chase from Vancouver to Portland
A still image of the robbery from the surveillance video at the Chevron gas station.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A couple of suspected robbers hit up a Subway restaurant and gas station Sunday morning and then led police on an interstate chase in a stolen car.

It all started around 7:45 a.m. when police in Vancouver were called to a robbery at the Subway at 1125 S.E. 163rd Avenue. An employee told officers that a man wearing a bandanna walked in, implied he had a weapon and demanded money. He got away with some cash and a bag of Sun Chips that he grabbed on the way out.

A few minutes later, the Chevron gas station at 16406 S.E. 26th Street was robbed. The cashier was able to give officers a vehicle description and license plate number.

Vancouver police spotted the vehicle on East Mill Plain Boulevard and followed it down Interstate 205 and across the state line into Portland.

Portland police then joined in the pursuit. Officers gave chase to the vehicle near the area of Interstate 205 and Marine Drive/Airport Way. At Northeast 148th and Halsey, the vehicle left the roadway and became disabled.

Police then swooped in and took the two men who were in the vehicle into custody. They were later identified as 21-year-old Jerry Lee Venters and 27-year-old Eric Robert Leonard. The two were booked into the Multnomah County jail pending extradition to Washington state.

Investigators discovered that the vehicle in question had been stolen from a JC Penney parking lot. The owner of the vehicle, who was shopping, didn't know what had happened until police contacted her.