Sheriff: $5 drug deal turns into pocketknife-point robbery

Sheriff: $5 drug deal turns into pocketknife-point robbery
Devon Michael Emra

EUGENE, Ore. - A $5 drug deal turned into a trip to jail after a 21-year-old grabbed a pocketknife away from his 17-year-old would-be customer and robbed him Sunday afternoon, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

Devon Emra was jailed on charges of Robbery-1, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Coercion and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

According to the sheriff's office, Emra met the 17-year-old boy on Skipper Avenue in North Eugene. The two had arranged a drug deal by phone, the sheriff's office said.

At the meeting, Emra took the teen's $5; the teen didn't get any drugs, the sheriff's office said.

Instead, Emra is accused of grabbing the teen's pocketknife and using it to rob the boy, the sheriff's office said.

Emra left the scene in a blue Nissan SUV before deputies arrived.

A Eugene Police officer located Emra’s vehicle a short time later near 5th and Blair in Eugene.