Vape shop owner thwarts armed robbery in Gresham

Multnomah County

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN) — Michael Lamoureaux, the owner of Str8vaping in Gresham, was behind the counter on Monday when a person, with no intent of purchasing anything, walked through the store’s door. 

The man had a blue mask on and flashed a huge knife. 

Lamoureaux appeared unfazed. He got out from behind the counter, yelled at the potential robber and chased them out. 

Watch the security video  — warning: video contains obscenity 

The video is unexpected, and people in the area were surprised at the outcome. Alex Maldonado is the manager at Pizza Guys, which is in the same building. He said the video is pretty scary and creepy. 

“I’ve never seen that happened before — sometimes people end up getting hurt, but luckily nothing happened that day,” Maldonado said. 

Pizza Guys also has cameras, just like Lamoureaux’s vape shop. Maldonado said he’ll be keeping an eye out.

“I wouldn’t like to be in that position either,” Maldonado said. 

The vape shop isn’t the only place that’s been targeted. There have been other robberies at nearby businesses, including Sally Beauty Supply Stores. Detectives are seeing if those are connected to the vape shop attempt.

Regardless, customers and employees plan to continue their business. 

“I can’t say that he meant to hurt anyone, but he clearly needs something,” said customer Clelia Brigneci. “It would be good for the community if he got caught.”

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