Police: 'Pepperoni Bandit' arrested with machete down his pants

Police: 'Pepperoni Bandit' arrested with machete down his pants
David Robert Baker

PORTLAND, Ore. – A man who police said robbed two Portland markets with a machete to steal junk food was arrested with the machete down his pants on Monday.

Detectives spotted David Robert Baker, 18, on surveillance video waiting to get on a bus in the area of the robberies in Southeast Portland. Sgt. Pete Simpson said Baker fought with officers who arrived to arrest him as he left the bus, but ultimately he was taken into custody.

One officer was hurt during the struggle, but the injuries were minor.

Police dubbed Baker the “Pepperoni Bandit” because they said he stole junk food from the stores, including pepperoni sticks. Simpson said Baker also grabbed beef jerky, chocolate mini-doughnuts, frozen pizza, candy and soda.

Baker used a machete to rob the Plaid Pantry at 11010 SE Foster Rd. early Monday morning, police said. He grabbed food and threatened the clerk, demanding money and cigarettes, before leaving the store.

On Saturday, Baker robbed B & C Foods on Foster Road, Simpson said.

No one was hurt in either robbery.

Police took Baker to the Multnomah County Jail. He faces two counts of robbery in the first degree.