Woman with knife robs girls for Halloween candy, police say

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Someone in Northeast Portland wanted Halloween candy so bad last night it was criminal.

Three 14-year-old girls said they were trick-o-treating when they were approached by a woman, who pulled out a pocket knife and demanded their bags of candy, Portland police said.

The girls were walking in the area of Northeast 22nd Avenue and Thompson Street and reported the robbery at about 10 p.m.

The girls told police the woman approached them and struck up a conversation. As they began walking away, she demanded their candy.

After handing over the sweets, the girls realized their cellphones were in the bags of candy. After asking for their phones back, the suspect acquiesced, handing two of the girls' their phones back (the third cellphone wasn't found), police said.

The woman then left with the candy, fleeing in a waiting vehicle in the area.

"Responding officers provided the victims with a large bag of 'replacement candy,'" a Portland police news release said.

She is described as white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 120 pounds, with a thin build and long brown hair. She was wearing black shorts, a black hooded jacket and the suspect vehicle was a green 2005 Subaru 4-door.

Anyone with information should call detectives at 503-823-0405.