Clackamas Man Facing Life in Prison for Robbing Store at Gunpoint for Cigarettes

A Clackamas man is facing at least 10 years in prison after prosecutors say he robbed a local public house at gunpoint and stole several cartons of cigarettes.

Prosecutors said 40-year-old Dustin Lee Henderson held up the Lighthouse Pub on 82nd Avenue in Clackamas with a handgun more than two years ago on November 22, 2019. He was convicted on Wednesday.

Surveillance footage from the scene showed Henderson hand a bag to a clerk and take five cartons of cigarettes. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon, he then fired a round when the pub’s owner chased him through the parking lot.

No injuries were reported.

Officials said police later found a .22 caliber bullet casing around the scene and arrested Henderson on a subsequent warrant at a nearby mobile home lot.

While carrying out the search warrant, investigators found the stolen cigarettes, clothing used in the robbery and a .22 pistol later linked to Henderson through DNA analysis, officials said.

Officers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives investigated the case along with the Oregon State Police and Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

A federal jury in Portland indicted Henderson on January 22, 2020, and found him guilty this week of interfering with commerce with threats or violence, possession of a firearm in relation to a violent crime and illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

He now faces a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence, with a $250,000 fine and five years of supervised release, and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) with assistance from Oregon State Police and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Cassady Adams, Craig Gabriel, and Suzanne Miles prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). PSN is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime.

Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.

As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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