BEND, OR —A Bend man is accused of robbing the owners of a used car dealership, Saturday evening. According to Bend Police, 50-year-old Christopher James Grant entered the Local Motors on NE Division, just before 7 p.m. He was wearing a mask on his face and a badge on his chest, and yelled “Sheriff!” as he walked in. He was also allegedly armed with a hammer. Authorities say Grant is not a law enforcement officer.
Grant allegedly ordered 45-year-old Christina Matlock to go outside and start her vehicle. He then handcuffed 43-year-old Morgan Matlock. Christina Matlock called 911 to report the robbery, saying the suspect was demanding money. She and a six-year-old boy were able to get out of the building and met with police.
The suspect came outside, saw officers and ran. After a short foot chase, they arrested Grant near NE Tweet Place and Yale Ave. Police say he had both victims’ cell phones. He’s charged with Robbery, Burglary, Kidnap, Attempted Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Coercion, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Harassment, Attempted Theft, Theft and Impersonating a Peace Officer.
Bend PD and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are investigating how Grant obtained the badge and handcuffs he allegedly used in the incident.