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Man facing charges in Vancouver coffee stand robbery connected to Portland crime spree

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: July 1, 2022, 4:33pm

Authorities say a Vancouver man who is accused of robbing an east Vancouver coffee stand at gunpoint in February 2019 was also connected to an armed robbery spree in the Portland area.

Daniel J. Clark, 45, appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on charges of first-degree robbery and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. His bail was set at $500,000, and he is scheduled to be arraigned July 8.

Vancouver police responded at about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 24, 2019, to a Human Bean coffee stand at 16205 N.E. 23rd St., for reports of an armed robbery.

An employee told officers a man wearing a camo mask pulled a handgun from his sweatshirt, pointed it at her and demanded all of the cash, according to a probable cause affidavit. The woman said she was afraid for her life and emptied the register.

Officers determined the man, later identified at Clark, got away with $385, court records state.

Investigators found that the car Clark was driving was reported stolen out of Portland about 10 days prior, according to the affidavit. Detectives also connected the car to a series of robberies at coffee stands in the Portland area. Portland Police Bureau detectives identified Clark as a suspect in those robberies and later recovered the stolen vehicle, the affidavit states.

Investigators found the clothes Clark was wearing, captured on surveillance video, during the Vancouver robbery in a Portland hotel room near where the stolen car was recovered, court records state.

A Clark County warrant was issued for Clark’s arrest; he was serving a 70-month prison sentence in Oregon for a second-degree robbery conviction.