Police: Man used fake bomb to rob Subway restaurant

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PORTLAND, OR — A man robbed a north Portland Subway restaurant and left behind what he claimed was a bomb Friday morning, police said.

Officers responded to the location at 5700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard shortly after 4 a.m.

Store employees said a man placed a plastic box on the counter, saying it was a bomb and demanded money.

One of the store’s owners said the man got less than $100 and then took off, leaving the box behind.

Explosive experts arrived at the Subway restaurant and after taking a look at the box, determined it to be empty.

Nobody was hurt in the robbery.

The owner said a similar robbery took place last year, including a fake bomb.

Police are examining surveillance video from the restaurant to try to identify the suspect.

Witnesses described him as African-American, about 45 years old, between 5’5″ and 5’7″ tall and unshaven. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and orange- or yellow-framed glasses.

Witnesses said the suspect’s lower lip appeared to be drooping and his speech was slurred.

Anyone with information should call Portland police.

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