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Serial Robber Suspect Caught

Dean, Ernest LeeNEWPORT, Ore. – The Newport Police Department says it caught the man suspected of robbing motels in Albany, Wilsonville, Portland, Cannon Beach, Newport and in Washington.

Police arrested 40-year-old Ernest Dean in northwest Portland Friday following a high-risk traffic stop. They believe Dean is the suspect involved in a crime spree that started in September.

Police say the crimes were similar, in that the suspect would claim to have a bomb and a gun, tie up workers and steal the cash.

After the motel robbery in Cannon Beach, an officer’s dash cam caught video of the suspect’s car leaving the area. The video led to the arrest of Dean.

Dean was taken to jail and faces two charges of robbery.

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