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‘John Doe’ carjacking suspect finally ID’d

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 25-year-old man is in the Multnomah County Jail following an escalating series of incidents that unfolded around noon Tuesday.

Around 11:40 a.m., Greg Nibler was in his green Ford Ranger at a Burgerville drive-thru at SE 12th and Hawthorne when he was threatened by a man with a bottle. Nibler said the man then went to the back of his truck, opened the cab topper and started throwing stuff out. 

When Nibler got out to stop the man from throwing his items out, the suspect — now identified as Robin Sanford Bay — jumped in the cab,

Nibler said he tried to stop him but was concerned he might have a weapon so he didn’t want reach over the carjacker to grab the keys.

“He kind of came around the corner and he was just psychotic, I mean this guy was off his rocker and charged me, got past me and before I knew it this all happened in just a split second,” said Nibler. “He ran past me, but since I had gotten out of my truck and the door was open, he was in my driver’s seat just like that.” 

Nibler said he had to “dive onto the pavement” as the carjacker tried to hit him with his own car as he took off. 

Shortly after noon, the Ford Ranger was blocking a driveway in the 600 block of SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard. Once police arrived, they were flagged down by a witness to a cell phone robbery by a person who matched the carjacker’s description.

Bay — who was initially identified as “John Doe” — was spotted and arrested a short time later in the 4400 block of NE Glisan. Officers said they found a stash of what looked to be stolen items — including laptops that Nibler said were stolen from his vehicle — tucked between a couple of houses.

Bay appeared in court Wednesday. He has been charged with robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle. 

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