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PORTLAND -- A clerk at a North Portland adult video store choked a robber and held him at bay with a billy club until police arrived.

Police said they later arrested 56-year-old General Bell for robbery. Investigators said he simulated having a weapon.

Officers were dispatched about 6:50 a.m. to Fat Cobra Video at 5940 North Interstate Avenue for a robbery alarm, said Sgt. Pete Simpson.

On the way to the scene, police learned that the owner had spoken with the clerk, who told him that he had choked the robber and was standing over him with the billy club.

The suspect was conscious and breathing when police and emergency crews arrived.

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