Cornelius man arrested for armed robbery
A Cornelius man is facing first-degree robbery charges after he held a man at gunpoint in the Rock Creek area Tuesday morning, July 16, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies responded at about 8:06 a.m. to the scene of the alleged armed robbery, near an apartment complex.
The victim said Aaron Bradley Lara had been communicating with him on the online app Letgo about a car he had listed for sale, but when they met up for the first time, Lara arrived on a motorcycle, pulled a gun, and ordered the would-be seller to hand over his backpack. He then left with the backpack and his contents on his motorcycle, the victim told deputies.
Lara reportedly used his real name throughout his interaction with the alleged robbery victim, as well as his nickname, "Chief."
Deputies recognized Lara by the nickname he used, obtained a search warrant for Lara's home in Cornelius, and found and arrested him there later Tuesday.
Lara has an extensive criminal history across multiple counties, including multiple convictions for drug possession and stealing.
Lara was convicted of second-degree robbery in 2005, when he was living in the Beaverton area; a weapons charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain.
In 2010, Lara pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and theft in Washington County. At the time, he was living in Forest Grove.
Lara was also charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Yamhill County in 2014, but the charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.
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