Police: Adult store employee chokes, subdues robbery suspect

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Police said a robbery suspect was taken to a hospital after a store employee at the Fat Cobra Video store in North Portland choked him into submission early Friday morning.

Police said they were called to the adult video store, located on the corner of North Interstate and Ainsworth Street, just before 7 a.m.

While responding to the call, officers were notified that the suspect was already in custody at the hands of a store employee.

Police said the employee, who has not been identified, choked General Bell, 56, and was standing over him with a billy club.

Medical personnel responded to the scene and took Bell to a hospital. Police said he was conscious and breathing when taken away in an ambulance.

Robbery detectives said Bell simulated a weapon when he demanded money from the employee. He was arrested and charged with second degree robbery.