On Monday, September 30, 2019 at approximately 6:49 PM the La Grande Police Department received a 911 call reporting an armed robbery that had just occurred at By-Rite Texaco at 2112 Island Avenue in La Grande. Police officers quickly responded and received a detailed description of the lone suspect and the direction that he had left the location on foot.
While officers were processing the crime scene and gathering statements, other officers immediately began searching the area for the described suspect. At 6:58 PM the suspect was located on E. Penn Avenue, directly behind Rite Aid. La Grande resident Robert Allen Fox, was arrested without incident.
The property taken during the robbery and a pellet pistol, matching the description of the handgun used in the robbery, was found to be in Fox’s possession.
Fox was transported and lodged in the Union County Jail on the following charges: Robbery I, Theft III, Menacing.
Officers from the La Grande Police Department were assisted by deputies from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Oregon State Police. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the La Grande Police Department at 541-963-1017.