Police: Troutdale man shot at teens watching TV
A Troutdale man was accused of attempted murder after police say he opened fire on three teens watching TV in a bedroom in October.
Jorge Ismael Beltran, 26, allegedly fired at least two bullets at the teenagers while standing outside the house in the 2100 block of Southeast 185th Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 15, in Gresham.
Investigators later matched blood samples found at the scene to Beltran, who faces charges of six counts of attempted murder, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count each of fourth-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
It was after midnight on Sunday when Gresham police officer Walter Harper found a bloody black flannel shirt and a cellphone lying in the middle of the street. Police say there was also possible "blood splatter" on the shattered front window.
A boot print was found on the front door, and police also obtained surveillance footage from a neighbor living across the street.
The three teens — a 16-year-old male and two females aged 17 and 18 — told Gresham police they all hit the deck and then crawled into a hallway after bullets began to enter the lighted bedroom.
The 16-year-old boy told police he had gotten into a fight with a man called "Junior" an hour or two before, but that the man had eventually run off. Police say Beltran's nickname is Junior.
"(The male teen) said that defendant had punched him in the face, causing a lump on his forehead and fat lip," a probable cause affidavit states. "The occupants reported that they chased the defendant out of the house and he said something about shooting up the place and killing the occupants."
Police recorded that the teen had facial injuries but didn't specify what prompted the altercation.
Booking records indicate the Southwest Livingston Place resident has two felony convictions and four misdemeanor convictions dating to when he was just 18. In July, The Outlook reported that Beltran was a transient who was arrested for running away from police and driving with a suspended license.
He's also been arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants in 2014 and attempting to elude the police in Washington in 2016.
Beltran remains behind bars at the Inverness Jail in Northeast Portland. A call to his court-appointed attorney was not immediately returned on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28.