Video Shows Hatchet-Wielding Robber Beg for Mercy When Clerk Pulls a Gun

Portland convenience store robber hatchet

Courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff

A would-be hold-up man strolled into a Portland, Oregon convenience store just after midnight, thinking he’d pick up some cash. Surveillance video shows him approach the store clerk and produce a hatchet from under his hoodie.

That’s when the clerk in turn drew a handgun.

As the Daily Mail relates . . .

The unidentified suspect sets the hatchet down on the counter before raising his hands in the air. When the cashier pulls out a phone to call police, the robber drops to his knees and starts apologizing.

‘I’m sorry. I’ll leave,’ he says, according to a statement from the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Moments later, the suspect took off running out of the store and away from the scene.

See for yourself:

Police arrived with dogs to try to track the wannabe thief, but they were apparently unable to pick up the scent of urine-stained boxers.

The sheriff’s office released the surveillance video in hopes that the public can help locate the suspect after the robbery on April 28.

‘We’d like to reunite you with the hatchet you left behind after the clerk responded with a handgun and a 911 call and you fled the scene,’ Clackamas County Sheriff Sgt. Marcus Mendoza said, addressing the suspect in a written statement.


    1. avatar Ranger Rick says:

      However, the clerk’s quick thinking cost him his job, with the president of Plaid Pantry in Oak Grove explaining to local station KOIN-TV that the chain has a zero-tolerance policy for weapons.

      Evidently the “zero tolerance” policy only applies to employees and not armed robbers.

    2. avatar Dog of War says:

      Of course he did. It’s Portland… by the ‘logic’ of that sh*t-hole city he should have just let himself be murdered for being a F*CKING WHITE MALE!

      My sarcasm aside, it says a whole hell of a lot about Plaid Pantry that they’re company policy mandates the employee put their life on the line to ‘deescalate’ a robbery instead of letting employees legally defend themselves. I am so glade I finally got the hell out of that city myself.

    3. avatar Stev says:

      Crying shame. Hopefully someone pro-2A offers that guy a new job and a raise.

    4. avatar No one of consequence says:

      With policies like this, and some places declining to prosecute shoplifting under some limit ($100 – $750 depending on where), it’s a wonder this type of store even manages to stay in business.

    5. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Sam I Am,

      Clerk lost his job.

      Meh, he can get a similar job just about anywhere the very next day.

    6. avatar Kendahl says:

      Years ago, in Denver, at a 711 store, a robber began herding employees and customers into a back room. (That’s a red flag that he intends to leave no witnesses alive.) A clerk pulled a gun and shot the robber dead. Although the clerk’s actions were ruled justified, 711 fired him. They also apologized to the community for the shooting. I haven’t spent a dime at 711 since.

      1. avatar Sam I Am says:

        “Although the clerk’s actions were ruled justified, 711 fired him. They also apologized to the community for the shooting.”

        Are you certain about all this? Everyone knows that if you just meekly give up the goods, an armed robber will thank you politely and do you no harm. The robber was probably putting the staff in a safe place so they wouldn’t be hurt by all the ransacking, or possible shoot-out with police while the robber was escaping.

      2. avatar Law Dog says:

        7-11 is all but dead in Arizona.

    7. avatar Full Otto says:

      Better to loose the job than your life by earning a few bucks an hour selling beer and smokes to make a rich man richer.

  1. avatar Roger J says:

    He will be easy to capture in a few days while evacuating his bowels on the sidewalk in front of someone’s home a few blocks away. How fast can he run with his pants around the ankles?

    1. avatar Paul says:

      He isn’t running very fast anyway. Look at the video again – he’s pigeon-toed, or worse. His walking gait was the very first thing I noticed.

      1. avatar Ing says:

        That tends to happen when a guy’s drawers are full of puddin’.

      2. avatar Perry says:

        I noticed the pigeon-toe as well. The robber also left his fingerprints on the hatchet and countertop.

  2. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    Better to have your life than a crappy clerk job. Good trigger discipline as well.

  3. avatar Waywatcher says:

    Leftist utopia perfect outcome:
    –Armed robber still loose
    –Survivor unemployed
    Repeat until anarchy

    1. avatar Jim Warren says:

      You make it sound like anarchy is always a bad thing…. lol

    2. avatar Chris Mallory says:

      Chaos, not anarchy. They are two different things. Anarchy just means “without a ruler”. Unless you are in some kind of institution you probably live your life in some degree of anarchy.

      1. avatar Big Bill says:

        I believe you mean “autonomy” not “anarchy.”

  4. avatar Dennis Sumner says:

    And yet another example nobody but us will ever see! Cept maybe on fox.

    1. avatar Ardent says:

      Saw this on Fox before it hit here. Go Fox!

  5. avatar JOHN B THAYER says:

    You can let ’em know how you feel at the page below:

    1. avatar Ardent says:

      Thank you, and message sent. I’m sure it won’t help, but it sure feels good to let them know how I feel about them. Thanks for making it easy.

  6. avatar Just Mike says:

    Any reason that LEO can’t get prints and/or DNA from the hatchet? He was not wearing gloves. I am sure they will find a record of him or collect him at a later date.

    1. avatar Joe in CT says:

      And the glass counter, he had his hands flat on the glass.

  7. avatar mrvco says:

    He should have clocked out for a 15-minute break before drawing his weapon! Hopefully this leads to much better opportunities for the clerk.

  8. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    That is an awesome security camera system that automatically tracks and only records criminals!

  9. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Where are the Moms demanding common sense hatchet safety laws?

    How come no one is clamoring for government to close the hatchet show loophole?

    And where is the push for universal hatchet background checks?

    1. avatar Kendahl says:

      Give them time. British cops are proud of themselves for confiscating dangerous weapons like hammers, screwdrivers and pliers. I expect the time will come over there when ordinary tools are as restricted as firearms.

  10. avatar Pete says:

    So the criminals now know it is safe for them to rob/assault Plaid Pantry workers.

  11. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    Nothing in a Plaid Pantry is worth your life but your life. Clearly the management of the company has attached zero value to the lives of their employees.

    1. avatar Kendahl says:

      Very true. There is very little downside for the store owner if an employee is badly wounded or murdered on the job. He just hires a replacement. On the other hand, there is no upside if the employee successfully fights off the robber. Depending on the community, there can be a financially catastrophic downside although I think the risk is less than the big chains claim.

      After a gas station / convenience store that I frequently patronize was robbed at gunpoint twice in the same month, I wrote to the local newspaper proposing that stores open between 10 pm and 6 am be required to hire an armed security guard or to install bullet resistant enclosures for their employees. An industry representative replied that compliance with a robber’s demands (i.e. passive acceptance of victimization) was safer than resistance and that many stores couldn’t afford the enclosures. A week later, a clerk in the next city was murdered during a robbery despite complying.

      Mom-and-pop stores that aren’t franchises are more likely to fight back. Where I live, this happens about once a year. The county attorney never presses charges against the store staff and I have never heard of their being sued. One would think the local bad boys would have figured out that it’s safe to rob the franchised stores but to leave the mom-and-pops alone.

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        Mop and bucket to checkout!

        Next employee to checkout!

  12. avatar possum, destroyer of arachnids says:

    . violent resistors create violent criminalS

  13. avatar Sean G./The Rookie says:

    Kudos to the cashier/clerk. Losing a crappy, low-wage job beats crossing one’s fingers and hoping the guy with the hatchet isn’t planning on murdering you while robbing the place.

  14. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    “….. urine-stained panties.”


  15. avatar george burns says:

    No job is worth getting shot over. This kind of thing just reminds us that the bad guys don’t give a crap about gun laws. The more gun free zones you have the more hunting grounds they have. Shoot first, as soon as a weapon comes out, put the bastard down, half the time their gun doesn’t fire the other half they miss what they aim at. The last thing a gun wielding thug thinks is that you have a gun, it gives you about a second to make your move and step laterally away front where you were, It worked for me 2x.

    1. avatar possum, destroyer of arachnids says:


  16. avatar Aleric says:

    You can tell its a Mexican and I bet hes an illegal to boot. I used to manage a Shell Station in the 90s and I carried a .38 Taurus even though it was against the policy to do so. I worked 2nd and overnight shifts and also kept a large foot long wrench under the counter in case I needed to prove a point to someone that wouldn’t leave the store. Luckily I didn’t have to pull the pistol but I would have, screw the job.

  17. avatar Pa John says:

    I have to wonder what sheriff allowed his deputies to go into Portland – some of the local county sheriffs & deputies aren’t going there anymore, due to raging leftist hatred for all of law enforcement coming from government officials. (Or to put that another way, you basically cannot get elected in Portland unless you are openly hostile toward police at every opportunity.)

    Deputies Are No Longer Responding to Calls in Portland

  18. avatar jbob says:

    Left fingerprints at the scene on the hatchet

  19. avatar BigBlue56 says:

    Left the following message on the ‘Plaid Pantry’ contact page:

    I just read the story where a former Plaid Pantry employee showed his initiative to continue living by bringing a handgun to work in order to ward off unscrupulous thieves and potential murderers. Unfortunately, your business chose to fire said employee instead of congratulating him. I am assuming that this is the typical stance that businesses take when they establish themselves in liberal cesspool cities.
    Considering that, I suggest that you take that large green and white vertical ‘Portland’ sign and stick it up your tight corporate ass.

    You can let ’em know how you feel at the page below:

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