A hammer-wielding masked man claiming to be a law-enforcement officer robbed the owners of a Bend used car lot Saturday evening, according to Bend police. Officers arrested the 50-year-old suspect following a short foot chase.
Christopher James Grant, a mask on his head and a badge on his chest, entered Local Motors on Division Street shortly before 7 p.m. and yelled “sheriff,” according to the police. Grant ordered business owner Christina Matlock, 45, to go outside and start her vehicle. Meanwhile, Grant handcuffed fellow business owner Morgan Matlock, 43. An unidentified 6-year-old boy was in Local Motors at the time as well.
Police officers, who had been called by an unidentified woman requesting help, arrived at the used car lot while the robbery was occurring. Grant, armed with a hammer, was demanding money from the Matlocks, who were still inside Local Motors. Christina Matlock and the unidentified boy eventually left the building, as did Grant, who spotted the police officers and ran.
Grant was caught on NE Tweet Place north of NE Yale Avenue. He had stolen the Matlocks’ cell phones. He was charged with a long list of crimes, including robbery, kidnapping and impersonating a police officer. Officers are trying to figure out how he got his hands on the law-enforcement items used in the robbery, according to Bend police.
Morgan Matlock suffered minor injuries caused by the handcuffs.