LEBANON, OREGON -- A Lebanon man remained in serious condition this morning at
Lebanon Community Hospital after he allegedly tried to rob a downtown
business and was shot during the attempt on Monday.
It was the second time in a week that Quick Cash Payday Advance had been
Owners Kevin Skaggs and Michelle Wood say the same man was involved in
both instances. Police would say only they were investigating the
similarities of the two holdups.
In the first robbery, March 25, the robber got away with an undisclosed
amount of cash.
On Monday the robbery was foiled when Skaggs stopped the suspect with one
shot from a .380 caliber handgun.
Monday afternoon Skaggs and Wood talked about the holdup.
Quick Cash Payday Advance makes loans to people short of cash on the basis
of their next pay check or Social Security check. They also cash checks
for a fee.
Since most government checks are issued at the beginning of the month, the
couple expected to be busy.
Skaggs was standing at the front counter around 10 a.m. organizing a stack
of contracts when the door opened.
When he looked up, he said he saw someone wearing a Scream outfit.
Realizing what was happening, Skaggs started moving sideways toward the
back of the small office in the house he and Wood share at 1133 Main St.
"We were this close," he said of the would-be robber, holding his hands
about two feet apart. As he was moving away from the intruder, he informed
him that he had a gun.
"When I told him I had a gun, he said, 'I do too,'" Skaggs said.
The business owner said the costumed robber then started to reach under
his cape as if reaching for a weapon.
Skaggs fired his pistol, hitting the intruder in the chest.
The shot knocked the man to one knee.
While keeping the suspect in his sights, Skaggs then hit an alarm to
notify the police.
Skaggs said the wounded man cussed him out and -- between epithets -- kept
saying, "I've got to go."
"I told him not to move, that I didn't want to put a bullet in his head,"
Skaggs said. "It was pretty crazy in here with us yelling at each other."
The commotion woke up Wood, who was sleeping in the back of the house.
"I'm pretty sure the gunshot woke me up, but there was an awful lot
screaming going on," Wood said.
Despite the warnings, the man reached up, opened the door and took off
through the back parking lot and down the railroad tracks.
While Skaggs followed him out the door, Wood called the police to let them
know that her husband had shot the suspect.
A short time later police found Jeffrey Gordon Duncan, 42, under a
railroad trestle between Main and Park streets.
It was the same place that police had found clothes worn by the suspect
from the previous robbery.
Police detective Sgt. Tim Fitzwater said Duncan was trying to change his
clothes when they found him Monday.
The March 25 robbery had taken place while Skaggs was out of the office
and Wood was there alone.
"It really gives you a feeling of vulnerability," Wood said.
The couple say the two incidents have been the only major problems they
have had since opening the business nearly 14 months ago after moving to
Lebanon from Bend.
"If there is one good thing that comes out of this," Skaggs said. "It's
that people will know that we are not going to put up with this sort of
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