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  • Second suspect identified in 7-Eleven armed robbery

  • Central Point police are looking for a second man who might have accompanied an armed suspect who robbed a 7-Eleven on South Front Street last week.
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  • Central Point police are looking for a second man who might have accompanied an armed suspect who robbed a 7-Eleven on South Front Street last week.
    The second suspect was believed to have been a customer at first glance, but the investigation led police to believe he was part of the caper, Central Point police Chief Kris Allison said.
    "At this point we believe he was involved," Allison said.
    The first suspect walked into the store on March 21 and brandished a handgun, police said.
    The clerk handed the man some cash and he left and was last seen heading in an unknown direction.
    The second man was caught on video surveillance inside the story when the robbery happened. He fled before police arrived.
    The second man is described as being in his early 20s, and was wearing a black MTV hoodie, black T-shirt and gray jeans.
    Allison said the hoodie could be the key to catching the pair.
    "We hope someone recognizes that hoodie," she said.
    The gun-toting suspect was described as being in his early 20s, and was wearing a blue hoodie, gray baseball cap, black jeans and black tennis shoes.
    Both men were seen driving a light-colored SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango, away from the scene.
    The armed man could be charged with first-degree robbery, which is a Measure 11 crime carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years, 6 months in prison.
    The second suspect could face a conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery charge, which is a felony.
    Even though the unarmed suspect never threatened the clerks or handled the money while leaving the store, he will be held responsible for participating in the crime.
    This store was the site of a armed robbery in July 2008. In that case the suspect entered the store and pointed a handgun at the clerks before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
    That suspect was arrested by Central Point detectives after a Crime Stoppers tip.
    Authorities ask anyone with information about the robbery or the identity of the unidentified store customer to call Central Point Detective Lou Fulmer at 541-664-5578.
    — Chris Conrad
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