Portland robber armed with a kitchen knife arrested, police say

A 38-year-old man armed with a red kitchen knife allegedly robbed a convenience store and threatened two attendants at a gas station in southeast Portland on Monday and Tuesday.

Portland police arrested Vichea Jay Pok on suspicion of first-degree robbery and attempted second-degree assault after responding to a report that a man jumped on a car and swung a knife outside a bar on 82nd Avenue southeast on Tuesday.

No one was hurt.

Portland police first responded to reports of a robbery at a convenience store in the 10300 block of Southeast Holgate Boulevard around 8 a.m. Monday, when officers learned the suspect had drawn a knife and the had used to stab the counter, police said. Police were unable to locate the suspect, but witnesses provided identifying information.

On Tuesday, police responded to two more reports of a suspect armed with a knife. The first was around 9:50 a.m. at a gas station in the 6700 block of Southeast Division Street. Pok allegedly swung the knife at the gas station attendants and left before police arrived.

Police responded to another call at 12:30 p.m. at a bar in the 4900 block of Southeast 82nd Avenue. Officers confronted Pok in the parking lot of the bar as he stood on top of a car brandishing the knife, police said. Police used a less lethal launcher and a taser to arrest Pok.

Pok faced four counts, including first-degree burglary in October 2021. A warrant was issued for his arrest when he failed to appear in court, records show.

–Austin De Dios; [email protected]; @austindedios; (503) 319-9744