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Three arrested in Tiffany Jenks' murder

Jenks was with suspects at a Portland strip club before she died


Joshua RobinettMichelle Karine Worden-BroseyDaniel BruynellPolice have arrested three people in connection with the shooting-death of a 35-year-old Portland woman whose body was found last week at Blue Lake Regional Park in Fairview, said Sgt. John Pemberton, Fairview police spokesman.

Two of the suspects, Joshua Robinett, 38, of Oakland, Calif., and Michelle Worden-Brosey, 40, of Longview, Wash., were arrested at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Gresham Police Department. Each are being held on $270,000 bail at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, hindering prosecution and altering the identification of a firearm.

The third suspect and alleged killer — 25-year-old Daniel Bruynell of Oakland — was arrested in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 14, said Pemberton. Bruynell is being charged with murder and will be extradited to Oregon.

Police have not released a motive at this time pending further investigation.

On the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 8, the body of Tiffany Jenks was found in a grassy area just outside the park entrance. The Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office determined she died from a single gunshot wound to the head. The East County Major Crimes Team was assigned to help Fairview police with the investigation.

Police knew early on about the three suspects who were last seen with Jenks before she was shot, but Pemberton said police did not release this information to the public as it would have jeopardized the investigation.

Capt. Darr Kirks of the Kelso Police Department said a police report released to the public and detailed in an Oct. 14 article by the Longview Daily News was “released in error.”

However, now that the suspects have been detained, Pemberton confirmed the article was accurate.

According to the police report, Worden-Brosey and Robinett were arrested Friday, Oct. 11, after investigators with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office tracked them to a Kelso motel.

Bruynell, the third person of interest, was believed to have fled to California. As potential suspects in Jenks’ murder, all three had warrants for their arrest.

Robinett and Worden-Brosey were interviewed as “persons of interest” at the Kelso police station but were released because detectives didn’t have enough probable cause to charge them.

Fairview Police Chief Ken Johnson said Worden-Brosey and Robinett were asked to come back to the Gresham Police Department for additional questioning and were subsequently arrested on Thursday, Oct. 17.

Bruynell was arrested Monday, Oct. 14, in Oakland, where he lives, without incident by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force. Detectives with the East County Major Crimes Team, Oregon State Police and the Oakland Police Department also assisted in the arrests of the suspects, Pemberton said. Bruynell is being held in the Santa Rita Jail on a warrant hold out of Oregon, according to KOIN News 6.

According to court records, on the night of her death, Jenks went to a Southeast Portland strip club around midnight. She left at about 1:30 a.m. and went into an outdoor smoking area where surveillance video showed three people approaching her.

The three people consisted of two men and a woman, who shook Jenks’ hand as if they were meeting for the first time.

The three went to a different strip club before meeting Jenks, and that club swipes patrons’ drivers licenses or other identification when they enter. Using that information, police identified the three people as Worden-Brosey, Robinett and Bruynell.

After the three met Jenks, all four were seen getting into a black Cadillac and leaving at 2:11 a.m.

Portland authorities believe that is the last time Jenks was seen alive. Two independent witnesses told detectives they heard a single gun shot in Blue Lake Park between 2:30-3 a.m.

About five hours later, a motorist spotted Jenks’ body lying in the park’s entrance.

Detectives got the license plate number from Worden-Brosey’s black 2008 Cadillac using surveillance video from the strip clubs.

Investigators tracked Worden-Brosey’s credit card to the Quality Inn in Longview a day after Jenks was killed. According to the report, Worden-Brosey was gone by the time investigators arrived at the the inn, but detectives scoured the area until they spotted her Cadillac parked at the Motel 6 at 106 N. Minor Road in Kelso.

According to court documents, Robinett told investigators he had been living in Oakland and has known Bruynell for 20 years. He was traveling back to Oregon to marry Worden-Brosey, who he’d left his .357 revolver with six months ago when he moved to Oakland.

Before returning to Oregon, Robinett said Bruynell told him he wanted to buy a gun. So on Oct. 7, the two took a ride share to Oregon, where Worden-Brosey picked them up. Then Bruynell reportedly paid cash for the gun, the serial-number of which had been removed.

That night, the three went to some strip clubs, where they became intoxicated and met the victim.

She came with them to go driving around and ended up in a secluded area. He said Jenks was behaving oddly and yelling at them. When he got out of the car to urinate in some bushes, Worden-Brosey joined him and they had sex, but he could hear Jenks and Bruynell arguing.

When he returned to the car with his fiancee, he yelled at Bruynell to get in the car and then left without Jenks. He said he did not hear a gunshot and did not see what happened to her.

Later, when he saw the news about her death, he thought Bruynell killed her.

Worden-Brosey told detectives a “substantially similar version of events,” but said she heard a gunshot before getting into the car, adding that Robinett told her he saw a muzzle flash.

Bruynell stayed in the couple’s motel room after they left the remote area without Jenks. The following morning they took Bruynell to the bus station where he got onto a bus to Oakland.

Bruynell told detectives in Oakland that they went to the remote area to do some target shooting, claiming that Jenks was intoxicated, irrational and yelling at them that they should shoot her.

He said Robinett provided him with the .357 revolver and that the couple began telling him that he should shoot Jenks.

When he did shoot her, the couple congratulated him, he told police. They then drove him to their motel room and took him to the bus station in the morning.

Associate Editor Mara Stine also contributed to this report.



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