At some point this year Portland’s marijuana stores started getting robbed as part of an increase in crime resulting from the summer riots. Armed guards can often now be seen posted in front of stores with names like Peaceful Cannabis and Mellow Dreams (not actual names).
Yesterday police cordoned off an area in the Hollywood District in apprehending suspects who knocked over a store there, and the arrestees’ names suggest they are a gang of young Ugandans:
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The five suspects apprehended Friday night in relation to the armed robbery of a cannabis store in Portland have been formally charged, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
The following suspected were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center:
-Daniel Mugisha, 20, of Portland on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree
-Abdi Guhad, 18, of Portland on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree
-Sammy Bulambo, 22, on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree
-Dan Gajhabukha, 19, of Portland on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree
One juvenile male, 17, of Phoenix, Arizona was booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree…
Mattie Cagle, who lives in the area, said it would be easy for officers to respond to that location quickly because there are always heavy patrols in the area.
“I’m a little bit surprised by that honestly. I wondered why all the cars were out here,” Cagle told KOIN 6 News. “I’m a little bit surprised that things are happening over here because there is usually a police presence and that kind of thing, but, hey, people get bold.”
Reported shootings, murder and other crime at least doubled in 2020’s racial reckoning. I say “at least” because I suspect that reporting has gone down as new levels of violence and criminality become normal.