PORTLAND An employee of a Chinese restaurant in Southeast Portland fended off a would-be robber with a butcher knife late Thursday night.

Portland police said the man came into the China Garden, at 14908 SE Powell Boulevard, just before midnight and told Barbara Lane to move back from the cash register.

Lane armed herself with the knife and replied, No, you move back, according to police.

The suspect then tried to grab the register, but Lane struck him and he ran off.

I smacked him across the wrist with the knife when he couldn t get away from the cash register, she said. The knife was dull, so it probably didn t hurt him much.

The suspect got away empty-handed.

I just did what ... it's just me, my personality, Lane said. I get mad when someone tries to take something from me.

He was described as white, in his 30 s, around 150 lbs., with brown hair. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, a white-and-black bandanna that covered his face and a red and black cap.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Portland Police Bureau.

Lane said the restaurant was open at the time and one customer was still inside.

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