Sheriff’s Office Investigating Alleged Robbery in Milton-Freewater


The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery in Milton-Freewater and the suspects are still at large.

At approximately 10:19 p.m. on Monday, Deputy Jeff Brown responded to Sinclair Gas Station located at 84875 Highway 11 in Milton-Freewater for a reported robbery that had just occurred.

Deputy Brown contacted an employee who reported that he had closed the Sinclair Gas Station and was leaving work with a deposit bag. The employee reported that after locking the door to the gas station, he walked to his vehicle and heard someone yell at him. According to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, the employee turned and was immediately sprayed in the face with Mace.

Umatilla County Undersheriff Jim Littlefield said the employee was thrown to the ground then the suspect took the deposit bag, key to the business, a personal cell phone as well as personal keys.

Littlefield said the employee stated that he thought there were two that attacked him. The employee was checked by medics and declined any further medical care.

The first suspect is described as possibly a white male, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds, wearing a dark hoodie with a black bandana with one large skull covering his face. The second male subject is approximately 5’10”, stocky build, wearing a brown hooded jacket and blue jeans. Littlefield said the suspects reportedly left in a tan or silver midsize four door SUV, similar to a Ford Explorer, with unknown license plate and a very loud muffler.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, is asked to contact Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office at 541-966-3651.