Oregon man allegedly robs Baskin-Robbins with syringe 'full of AIDS'

"It looked like a bloody substance,” cashier says of what was in the suspect's hypodermic needle.
By Evan Bleier   |   April 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM   |   Comments

PORTLAND, Ore., April 24 (UPI) -- Oregon police are looking for a man who came into a Portland ice cream shop Tuesday night and allegedly threatened a worker with a hypodermic needle “full of AIDS.”

The man used the syringe at a Baskin-Robbins to get an undisclosed amount of cash before escaping on foot.

"Some guy just walked in and said, ‘This is a robbery. This is a needle full of AIDS’, and then ‘Open the cash drawer’, and so I did,” cashier Katharine Pepin told KATU.

The 19-year-old saw what was in the suspect’s hypodermic needle. "It looked like a bloody substance,” Pepin said.

Pepin called 911 after the man ran off and returned to work her next shift the next night.

"At the moment I was terrified, and I mean I’ve been a little jumpy,” said Pepin. "I just don't want to work alone again. It definitely could have been worse. I feel pretty lucky.”

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