Crime spree suspect in court

Woodall plea deal allows him to be extradited to Clark County

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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PORTLAND — The Salmon Creek man who allegedly robbed two Clark County banks and led police on a 90-minute chase in June pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree robbery in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Brent Woodall, 29, a former bodybuilder and fitness trainer, agreed to spend two years on probation and to be extradited to Clark County, where he faces seven felony charges.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop two charges of attempting to elude, one a felony, the other a misdemeanor, said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Glen Banfield.

"Part of what we were trying to work out was an expedited plea, so we could get him over here to Clark County," Banfield said.

The Portland robbery charge relates to an attempted carjacking Woodall made a few minutes before he was apprehended by Portland police.

"He's definitely looking at much more time in Clark County than he is in Multnomah County," Banfield said.

In Clark County, Woodall is accused of robbing Riverview Community Bank in Hazel Dell and the Bank of America on Auto Mall Drive on the afternoon of June 20 — his 29th birthday. He also is accused of several attempted carjackings and a successful one, and a hit-and-run crash while fleeing from police.

Police officers captured him in North Portland after pinning him between a patrol car and a minivan.

Woodall's wife, Aimee Woodall, is seeking a divorce and restraining order against him. She said in court papers filed this past week that her husband has a "recent history of mental health issues" and that she was not aware of the alleged crime spree before hearing about it on the news.

Woodall is expected to make his first appearance next week in Clark County Superior Court.