6 years later: The unsolved slaying of Robert Greene

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The murder of Robert Greene remains unsolved – 6 years after his body was found in the Buckman neighborhood. 

Around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2012, police were called to a shooting at the Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge. Officers found Green down on the ground suffering from a single gunshot wound. The 30-year-old man who had been working security at the restaurant died at the scene.

Robert Greene in an undated courtesy photo provided by his mother on the 6th anniversary of his death, February 19, 2018.

Days after the shooting, witnesses told KOIN 6 News Greene was attempting to break up a fight. 

Police have not said if they know what they argument was about. At the time, witnesses said the shooter wasn’t even involved in the initial argument. 

Investigators know there were several witnesses outside at the time of the shooting. Those witnesses – even 6 years later – have not come forward or been truthful with police. 

His mother, who lives in Washington state, told KOIN 6 News on Monday her son led a good life, had the best smile and loved helping others.

The shooting was senseless, she said, and her family desperately needs some closure.

Crime Stoppers can be reached by calling 503.823.4357
Portland Police can be reached by calling 503.823.0400


KOIN 6 News report the night of Robert Greene’s death

Greene had moved to Portland from Colorado shortly before he was killed. 

At a press conference in March 2012, his brother Ken Greene told reporters Rob was a fun-loving man who had no enemies, according to a report prepared by the Portland Tribune. 

Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, 808 SE Morrison, in Portland, February 19, 2018 (KOIN)

“Everyone who knew Robert liked him,” Ken Greene said. “This has been very hard on the family. We need to resolve it to move forward.”

At the time, Portland Police spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson announced that police believe the suspect, a black man, left the scene with a group of other people in a dark SUV. No additional information has been released. 

Simpson was quoted by the Tribune as saying Greene “was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers a cash reward of up to $2500 for information that leads to the arrest in any unsolved homicide, and $1000 reward for an unsolved felony.

Robert Greene in an undated courtesy photo provided by his mother on the 6th anniversary of his death, February 19, 2018.

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