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.