Lake Oswego man arrested in Newberg shooting death
A 20-year-old Lake Oswego man is one of two suspects arrested this week in the January shooting death of a man in an alley near the Nap's Thriftway store in Newberg.
Rees Gilmore Dikeos was arrested Wednesday by officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department on allegations he shot and killed Jack Alan Burnell in the 100 block of East Second Street in Newberg during a drug deal. On Thursday, 27-year-old Mark Gonzalez was arrested at his Beaverton residence for conspiracy to commit murder.
Both men are being held without bail at the Yamhill County Jail.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by NDPD Detective Joe Eubanks, officers responding to a 9-1-1 call at 11:41 p.m. on Jan. 12 discovered Burnell's lifeless body. He had died from multiple gunshot wounds, a medical examiner determined later.
"(Witnesses) told officers that Burnell was there to meet an old friend of his, who goes by the name "white man," Eubanks wrote in the PC affidavit. Neither witness knew "white man" personally, the report said, but one witness said he had seen Burnell messaging the alleged assailant over Facebook that evening and that Burnell went to meet with the man prior to his death.
"(Witness 1) said Burnell was nervous about this particular meeting with "white man," Eubanks wrote.
A second witness told officers he had heard Burnell refer to white man as Rees or Brees in the past and also supplied police with an access code to unlock Burnell's phone, which officers used to determine that the so-called white man was indeed Dikeos.
"Messages found on the phone outlined a plan for Dikeos and Burnell to meet one another in Newberg at Naps on the night of the homicide," Eubanks wrote.
The probable cause affidavit indicates that the two men did not speak face to face, but instead communicated through Facebook, via both messages and phone calls, "up until moments before Burnell is shot to death."
The last phone conversation ended just prior to 11:39 p.m., the investigation determined, while video surveillance cameras at the bottle return area at Nap's showed shoppers "turning to look in the direction of the gunfire" approximately a minute later. The first 9-1-1 call reached Newberg dispatch just over a minute after that at approximately 11:41 p.m.
In February, according to the probable cause affidavit, Eubanks and another officer met with a confidential source who claimed to have information about the homicide. The informant confirmed that Dikeos used the Facebook moniker of "Hwhite Mahn" and said Dikeos had been robbed the night before in Salem in an alleged gun deal that resulted in gun fire.
"Dikeos felt like it was Burnell who set him up to be robbed," Eubanks wrote, perhaps precipitating a plan to exact revenge.
The NDPD investigation determined that Dikeos was driven to Newberg by Gonzalez on the night of the murder and that Burnell was shot with a handgun "during what he set up to be a drug deal."
Eubanks contacted Salem police on March 1 and received a report that verified that shots had been fired on Jan. 11 at America's Best Value Inn at about 10:45 p.m. A witness to that shooting "was shot at by (Dikeos) when the (witness) told him to stop." A phone and six shell casings were found at the scene of the shooting, Salem police said, adding that the phone was confirmed to belong to Dikeos.
A forensics examination of shell casings from the Salem and Newberg shootings confirmed that the same .45-caliber handgun had been used in both instances. Further investigation by the police determined, with assistance from Facebook staff, that a phone registered to Dikeos was used to log onto the Hwhite Mahn social media account the day following Burnell's murder in Newberg.
Dikeos and Gomnzalez are scheduled to be arraigned June 7 in Yamhill County Circuit Court.