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Man linked to dozen robbery attempts in Clark County arrested in Portland

By , Columbian staff reporter
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A man police believe is responsible for more than 30 robberies since April across the Portland metro area.
A man police believe is responsible for more than 30 robberies since April across the Portland metro area. (Photo contributed by the Vancouver Police Department) Photo Gallery

A man linked to a dozen armed robbery attempts in Clark County was arrested Tuesday in Portland, where he’s suspected in at least a dozen more robberies.

Portland police arrested Andrey R. Mazur, 32, at an apartment complex on North Hayden Bay Drive after hours of negotiating with him to surrender, according to a Portland Police Bureau news release.

Vancouver police believe he’s responsible for nine robberies in the city since April, according to police department spokeswoman Kim Kapp. Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Waddell said Mazur appears to be the suspect who attempted to rob three businesses in Hazel Dell, including Baskin-Robbins and Five Guys on May 29 and O’Reilly Auto Parts on May 25.

Portland officers responded at 3:46 p.m. Tuesday to the 800 block of North Lombard Street for reports of an armed robbery at a bar. No one was injured, the news release states.

Officers began following a man, who matched the suspect description, driving away, weaving through traffic and speeding. Police say he parked near the 300 block of North Hayden Bay Drive and ran from the car. Officers and K-9 units tracked him to the apartment complex, according to the news release.

Crisis negotiators responded to the apartment because police believed Mazur was armed, the news release states. After four hours of officers and negotiators attempting to contact him, Mazur surrendered.

Investigators say they believe Mazur shaved off his hair in an attempt to change his appearance. Officers seized a gun, which they determined to be a semiautomatic handgun replica, Portland police said.

Portland detectives also believe Mazur is responsible for a robbery reported at 2:24 p.m. Tuesday at a coffee bar in the 2000 block of North McClellan Street.

He was booked into the Multnomah County, Ore., Detention Center on suspicion of two counts of second-degree robbery. Detectives have connected him to as many as 14 other robberies in Portland beginning May 9 and anticipate bringing more charges against him, the news release states.

Anyone with information about the Portland cases can email and reference case number 22-152164.