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Store customer injured catching robbery suspect

A store customer was hospitalized after following and fighting with a robbery suspect in Southeast Portland early Sunday morning.

The name and condiction of the customer was not immediately released.

The suspect, Lester Souza, 35, was arrested and charged with Robbery II and Assault II.

According to police, at 1:22 a.m. on Dec. 21, East Precinct officers responded to a robbery call at the Woodstock Plaid Pantry, located at 5414 S.E. Woodstock St. The caller reported that someone had robbed the store and was being followed by a customer.

While enroute, officers received an update that the suspect and customer were fighting and that the suspect had a gun. Officers arrived and found the suspect detained by the customer.

Officers took the suspect into custody and recovered an "Air Soft" pistol and other evidence from the robbery. Detectives responded and continued the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division at 503-823-0400.

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