PORTLAND -- Police captured David Chilton Tuesday evening inside a Fred Meyer store in North Portland, a day after he allegedly brandished a handgun at PSU, robbed a bank in NE Portland, then stole a car at gunpoint.
Police were called to the Fred Meyer, at North Interstate and Lombard, just before 9 p.m. by security officers who had spotted a man resembling Chilton enter the store. They tracked his movements on a series of surveillance videos, said Sgt. Pete Simpson.
Then, tactical police and negotiators were called in, as customers and employees were evacuated.
I heard this lady shout, like, 'there's a man with a gun, shopper Edgar Sanchez told KGW. And then everybody started going out and then a bunch of police started going up with guns, and that's when I just left, I just ran outside.
Raw Video: Gunman captured in N. Portland Fred Meyer
Two people had remained trapped in the store, isolated and locked-away safely in the jewelry section.
Junior Herlindo, a brother of an employee who was stuck in the store told KGW he received text messages from his sister assuring him she was safe. She said she was watching police officers methodically go through the store. She sent him the cell phone photo shown at left.
Chilton was eventually arrested and taken to the Multnomah County jail, on a U.S. Marshal's hold. He was expected to appear later in the day in U.S. District Court.
Chilton had been on the run from police since Monday morning when he was believed to have pointed a gun at a Portland State University guard before running into a parking garage. He managed to escape a police dragnet.
He was suspected of later robbing the Key Bank at Northeast 102nd and Halsey. That robber also commandeered the car of a woman customer after letting her children safely leave the car.
Chilton has an extensive criminal past and had just been
released from federal prison last fall. There were had 8 mug shots on record for him just in Multnomah County alone. (See photos at right.) Chilton has spent much of the last two decades behind bars. His past convictions included a bank robbery in Portland's Hollywood District in 2007.