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River Rat gets 26 years in prison for Portland crimes

first_imgThe serial bank robber dubbed the “River Rat” was sentenced Wednesday to more than 26 years in prison for committing four armed robberies.Alexey Perez-Hernandez, 34, of Bonney Lake, was sentenced to 26 years and two months in prison by Senior District Court Judge Robert E. Jones in U.S. District Court in Portland.The sentencing followed four guilty pleas by Perez-Hernandez for armed robberies in the Portland-metro area. The “River Rat” nickname was bestowed by FBI agents for Perez-Hernandez’s penchant of striking on both sides of the Columbia River. He’s accused of committing 18 armed robberies in Washington and Oregon before his arrest on Oct. 9, 2009, in the Puget Sound area.In addition to the Portland crimes, Perez-Hernandez is charged with robberies in Clark, Pierce and King counties in Washington. The U.S. Department of Justice anticipates Perez-Hernandez will plead guilty to those crimes in the near future, according to a news release.Senior Deputy Prosecutor Alan Harvey said Perez-Hernandez’s Clark County robbery cases remain open. The defendant has a review hearing Thursday to determine when he will be transported here to face charges.In the four Portland heists, Perez-Hernandez netted nearly $25,000. ‘Unforgiveable’ crimesDuring the sentencing Wednesday, the judge told Perez-Hernandez “these crimes are unforgiveable,” according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.last_img read more