On February 14, 2016, 24-year-old Eric Alan Van Nice was arrested and booked into the Multnomah County Jail on charges of Robbery in the First Degree and Robbery in the Second Degree.
Van Nice's arrest came as the result of an investigation that started on February 13, after North Precinct officers were called to the Interstate Fred Meyer store, located at 7404 North Interstate Avenue, on the report that a shoplifter pulled a knife on the store's loss prevention officers (LPOs). Van Nice fled the store that day but was known to the LPOs from previous contacts.
On February 14, an LPO spotted Van Nice and called 9-1-1. Officers arrived in the area and searched along a greenspace next to I-5, where they located Van Nice in a tent.
Robbery detectives searched Van Nice's tent and seized the knife used in the robbery.