PORTLAND – A carjacking suspect arrested on a Portland street after a harrowing chase Wednesday has been “conclusively linked” to at least two Vancouver robberies, according to police.
Brent Woodall pleaded not guilty to robbery and eluding police in court Thursday.
Detectives said they have evidence Woodall committed the bank robbery at the Riverview Community Bank in Hazel Dell. Police said there he took an undisclosed amount of money and ran into the bank parking lot. Then, a dye pack exploded and the suspect dropped the money bag and fled in a black Toyota Sequoia.
Police chased the suspect through Hazel Dell, then lost him. Police said not long after, he robbed a Vancouver Bank of America branch. The teller said he presented a demand letter that said he had 3 weapons and would kill her if she did not give him the money. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and left the bank. (See surveillance photo above, right.)
Police also believe he unsuccessfully tried to carjack a vehicle at the Arco gas station on Main Street.
A short time later, police said he carjacked a black Ford Focus in Vancouver. Officers spotted that car southbound on I-5 and followed it. They chased him for a time and then backed off as he raced through neighborhoods in the St. John's area.
Officers eventually tracked the car to a North Portland neighborhood and boxed it in his near the intersection of Kellogg and Burlington. The driver got out and ran and reportedly tried to carjack a family minivan before officers swarmed in, with guns drawn, and captured him.
Bail was denied for Woodall. Records show he was arrested from drunk driving, reckless driving and drug charges in 2008.
Woodall had been working as a body builder and fitness trainer. He is married with children and his family lives in a home in the upscale Salmon Creek area in Washington state.
KGW Reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report