PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Sarah Vivoda recalls the very last time she saw her friend Robert Greene. It was February 18, 2012 — one day before he was murdered.
“We saw him everyday. He was basically glued to our side for years after he moved here,” she told KOIN 6 News Friday night. “I was going to go out and say hi to him, he was in the car and I was making dinner, and I just kind of waved.”
Greene, who was 30 when he died, was working as a bouncer at the Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge in Southeast Portland. Vivoda said he was filling in for another bouncer the night he was killed.
Around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2012, police rushed to the venue and found Greene on the ground, mortally wounded from a single gunshot.
Days after the shooting, witnesses told KOIN 6 News Greene was attempting to break up a fight.
“There had been a fight inside the bowling alley,” Vivoda said. “He went back to the front door position there. … Someone saw the fella, or a fella, go into the trunk of his car, I believe and come back,” then shot Greene.
Police have not said if they know what the argument was about. At the time, witnesses said the shooter wasn’t even involved in the initial argument.
It’s now been 9 years. Portland police said several people witnessed the deadly shooting but, as Sgt. Kevin Allen said “We think there are people out there who have information they haven’t shared with us.”
Investigators are asking those who have remained silent to come forward.
“We can’t solve these things without the cooperation of folks that know what happened,” Allen said.
“At this point,” Vivoda said, “there wouldn’t be any anger towards the person who didn’t come forward ahead of time. It would just be, ‘Could you please just let somebody know for the sake of his family and friends?'”
Sarah Vivoda said she knows what Robert Greene would be doing now.
“He would probably be working on a family right now,” she said. “Definitely a fella that would’ve been all about having kids.”
Crime Stoppers of Oregon offers cash rewards of up to $2,500 cash for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in any unsolved felony crime. Tips can be submitted anonymously online.