William James wasn’t expecting anything unusual when he left yoga class, but while he was waiting for the bus, he became a victim of attempted robbery.
The attempted robbery took place on April 25, at the bus station outside the Barber Library at Central Oregon Community College.
James said he was waiting alone for the Newport bus, which was due to arrive at 1:38 p.m. when he was approached by a man at his right. The man allegedly asked James, “Is that your bus over there?” When James looked, the suspect allegedly took the wallet from James’ jacket pocket.
“I grabbed his arm and tried to make him let go of my wallet,” James said. “But he slammed my head against the glass enclosure around the bus stop.”
James claimed the suspect then proceeded to walk away from the bus stop. He began shouting at the suspect and telling him to return the wallet.
“I did what I was taught to do if I was ever robbed,” James said. “I tried to draw as much attention as I could.”
When pedestrians began to notice the situation, James said the suspect dropped the wallet and claimed the incident had been a joke. James recovered his property and went inside the Barber Library, where he called Campus Public Safety.
At 2:47 p.m. on the day of the robbery, COCC released a statement about the incident. The statement described the situation, provided a description of the suspect, and urged students to call the police or Campus Public Safety with any sightings or information regarding the incident.
At 3:50 p.m., another statement was released informing the student body and COCC community that the suspect had been caught.
As of press time, no further information regarding the incident had been released.