Man found guilty of robbery, assault

Portland resident to be sentenced Sept. 26

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



A Clark County jury Monday found a Portland man guilty of an armed robbery of a Vancouver pharmacy last year.

Keandre D. Brown, 20, was convicted of first-degree robbery, four counts of second-degree assault and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Jurors returned a special verdict finding that he was armed with a firearm during the assaults and that the robbery was committed against a pharmacy. This finding allows for a longer than normal sentence.

On Aug. 22, 2016, Vancouver police responded to the Mill Plain Pharmacy, 614 Mill Plain Blvd., for a report of an armed robbery. Witnesses said that two men entered the pharmacy with handguns and demanded items, including oxycodone, according to the probable cause affidavit.

After the robbery, an officer responding to the area saw two men run toward a gold-colored car but they were gone by the time he arrived, the affidavit states.

A witness took down the license plate number, and that vehicle was later caught running a red light in Portland, according to the affidavit.

A photo taken during the running of the red light matched that of Keith B. Woody Jr., the 24-year-old codefendant in the case, court documents state.

Officers with the Portland Police Bureau later found the vehicle abandoned in Portland and a fingerprint taken from inside the car came back as a match to Brown, court documents state.

In October 2016, Members of the U.S. Marshals Service stopped a vehicle in Vancouver that was occupied by Woody and Brown, and they were taken into custody.

Woody is also accused in a June 2016 armed robbery at the Walgreens Pharmacy at 2903 N.E. Andresen Road. Police believe both incidents are part of a series of armed robberies at pharmacies in the Portland area, court records show.

Woody pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm on Aug. 24 and is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

The trial started on Sept. 5, and deliberations began late afternoon Thursday. Jurors did not resume deliberations until Monday morning and came to a unanimous decision around 11 a.m.

Brown is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 26. He faces a sentence that ranges between 129 months and 171 months in prison, plus potentially more time with the added enhancements.

Both Woody and Brown will face more charges in Oregon after their cases in Clark County are finalized.