Hermiston Police News: Old West Federal Credit Union Robbery Update

Release Date: 

On the 12th of March 2012, at approximately 8:40 AM, officers from the Hermiston Police Department, Oregon State Police, and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, served a search warrant at 1740 NE North Street in Hermiston.  The warrant was obtained as the result of the continuing investigation of the robbery at the Old West Federal Credit Union on the 10th of February 2012.

As a result of the activity from today, the following people were taken into custody:

  • Austin J. Erickson, 17 years of age, of 1740 NE North Street, Hermiston.  Mr. Erickson was charged with Robbery in the First Degree, Kidnapping in the First Degree, Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, and Menacing.  Mr. Erickson was also charged with Attempting to Elude Police and Reckless Driving stemming from an incident that took place on the 8th of March 2012.
  • Tara L. Erickson, 35 years of age, of 1740 NE North Street, Hermiston.  Mrs. Erickson was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Schedule III, Hindering Prosecution, and Initiating a False Report.

Photo: Wanted - Luizinho M. PenalozaA second search warrant was served at 524 E Browning Ave, Hermiston.  As of the time of this release, details with regard to that warrant service are not known.

We are asking for assistance from the community in locating the following person of interest:

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Penaloza is asked to call the Hermiston Police Department at 541-567-5519.

“I am so incredibly proud of the persistence displayed by both our employees and those assisting us.  Though this investigation required patience on the part of everyone the support from agents with the FBI and detectives with the Oregon State Police to see this matter to a successful conclusion was phenomenal," says Acting Chief Jason Edmiston. “In their newspaper ads regarding the reward, Old West Federal Credit Union used the statement ‘Not in Our Town’ – this is so fitting as we all must take this stance to hold people accountable for their poor choices.”


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