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Kevin Charles Derrick, Alysha Raeann Esser 'physically assaulted and injured' witness after Derrick released from jail

COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - Fatal hit-and-run suspect Kevin Charles Derrick and his girlfriend Alysha Raeann Esser allegedly assaulted a witness in the case. Kevin Charles Derrick, 30, of Milwaukie and his girlfriend Alysha Raeann Esser, 28, "confronted" and "physically assaulted and injured" a hit-and-run witness after Derrick was released from Clackamas County Jail, police said on Nov. 11.

COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - Robert Eugene Keys, 59, of Gladstone was killed by a vehicle with Trail Blazer plates.Alysha Raeann EsserClackamas County deputies had originally arrested Derrick for allegedly killing Gladstone resident Robert Eugene Keys, 59, in a Sept. 19 hit-and-run crash.

Since the hit-and-run, Derrick was released from jail on bail and then re-arrested Oct. 8 on charges of tampering with a witness. Police believe the Oct. 4 assault was intended to deter the witness from testifying against Derrick, whose bail is now set at $1 million.

Investigators are now trying to find Esser, who is a suspect in the witness-tampering assault. Anyone with information about Esser's whereabouts is asked to call the non-emergency dispatch at 503-655-8211.

On Sept. 24, police arrested Derrick at the Rodeway Inn at the Airport, 9723 N.E. Sandy Blvd., Portland, after Derrick's suspect vehicle, a 2003 Cadillac Escalade, was found parked at the location. Derrick was transported to the Clackamas County Jail and booked on charges including failing to perform the duties of a driver and criminally negligent homicide.

Kevin Charles DerrickAt approximately 7:34 p.m. on Sept. 19, sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a pedestrian hit by a vehicle whose driver did not stop to check on Keys and was last seen driving westbound on Southeast King Road near Milwaukie. The first deputy who arrived on scene located Keys not breathing and without a pulse. The deputy immediately began CPR until personnel from Clackamas Fire District #1 arrived to take over care. Despite medical efforts, Keys remained dead at the scene.

COURTESY PHOTO: CCSO - The driver of this white SUV is sought in fatal hit-and-run case near Milwaukie.

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