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Key Bank Robber Sentenced

96-Month Sentence in Federal Prison Imposed

November 19, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. - David Earl Cohens, 48, of Portland, Oregon, was sentenced by District Judge Michael Mosman today to 96 months in prison for robbing the Gresham Branch of Key Bank, located on NE 181st Avenue in Gresham.

On August 11, 2011, Cohens entered the Key Bank in Gresham, Oregon, and demanded money from two tellers. The teller provided Cohens with bank funds totaling $2,662. As one teller triggered a silent alarm, Cohens left with the bank funds in a computer bag and got into a vehicle driven by Delbert Bernard Brown. Within minutes, Gresham police issued a bulletin with defendant's physical description, clothing and direction of travel.

A nearby Portland Police officer pulled her police vehicle behind the vehicle driven by Delbert Brown, who pulled to the side of the road and stopped without being directed to do so. The officer observed Cohens sit up in the back seat of the vehicle and removed both men from the vehicle. In doing so, she noticed a $20 bill on the floor of the vehicle, and a hat and computer bag in the back seat which matched the description given by the bank tellers. A Gresham bank robbery task force officer towed the vehicle and served a search warrant on the vehicle. He recovered the bank loot from the vehicle, the fishing hat worn during the robbery, the computer bag containing currency, and a loaded revolver found in the back seat area where Cohens had been last seen.

Both men declined to speak to officers about the robbery, and Brown was taken to a local hospital with chest pains. Brown plead guilty in March, 2012 and will be sentenced in January 2013.

In pronouncing the judgment, and selecting a "high-end" sentence, Judge Mosman noted the disturbing language used by Cohens during the robbery and the profound effect the robbery had on one of the tellers.

Assistant U. S. Attorney John Haub prosecuted the case. The case was investigated by Portland Police Bureau and the Gresham Police Department.

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