EUGENE, Ore. — Police are asking for your help in capturing two suspects involved in a robbery and assault from early Friday morning.
Eugene police officers said it happened in a parking lot along River Road around 5 a.m. and folks working nearby said they weren’t surprised by the news.
“A newspaper carrier was driving along north River Road, where he was tailgated by another car,” said Lt. Scott Fellman, Eugene Police Department.
The victim tried to let them pass, but they kept on him.
“It followed him into the parking lot at 943 River Road where he was assaulted,” Fellman said. The suspects opened the victim’s driver side door and threatened him at knifepoint before making off with some of his things.
Employees at nearby businesses weren’t surprised to hear what happened. The owner of a shop in the plaza said they’ve been broken into at least three times and have experienced countless incidences of vandalism, including slashed tires.
“Over the years, we’ve encountered many things. We’ve found used needles out in our parking lot. We’ve found beer bottles. We’ve been called down here numerous times with our alarm going off in the middle of the night with people trying to break in,” said Brook Le’Cher, who works nearby.
Officers said the victim acted appropriately, but warns people to take even greater caution in situations like this.
“The basic idea of getting out of the way was a sound one. The key thing is just to be thinking about your surroundings. Be aware that it might not be what you think it is and have a plan for if the person does follow you off the road,” Fellman said.
Police described the suspects as two white males between 20 and 25 years old with short hair. Each was between 5’6” and 5’11” and between 170 to 180 pounds. One of them was reported wearing a dark jacket and light pants. Should you have any information, contact the Eugene Police Department.