Girls robbed at knifepoint of Halloween candy

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Three trick-or-treaters were robbed of their candy by a woman with a knife Thursday night in Portland.

Portland police officers reported that they were called to Northeast 22nd Avenue and Thompson Street minutes before 10 p.m. where they spoke with the mother of one of the girls who said her daughter and two friends, all 14, were robbed at knife-point.

A white female reportedly struck up a conversation with the girls, but as the three girls walked away the woman pulled out a pocket knife and demanded they give her their bags of candy, police said.

The girls handed their bags to the woman, but soon realized their cell phones were inside, police said. Two girls were able to get their cell phones back, but the third could not find hers. The woman took the two bags of candy without the phones and left in a waiting vehicle, police said.

The woman is described as five foot 6 inches tall, 120 pounds, thin build, long brown hair and wearing black shorts and a black zip-up hooded jacket. The vehicle is described as a green 2005 Subaru 4-door.

Responding officers provided the girls with a large bag of replacement candy.