Suspect arrested, victims identified in downtown killings
Police have arrested a suspect in the killing of a man and woman whose bodies were found hours apart in downtown Portland. Both died of gunshots.
The suspect has been identified James J. Barquet, 26. He was lodged on charges of Robbery in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm (four counts), and Aggravated Murder (two counts).
The first victim has been identified as Carol L. Horner, 70 of Portland. The second victim has been identified as Brian E. Hansen, 51, of Vancouver, Washington.
The investigation began at 9:04 p.m. Monday night, Central Precinct officers responded to the report that an injured person had been located on the east sidewalk of Southwest 1st Avenue under the Morrison Bridge.
When officers arrived in the area, they found an unconscious adult female lying on the sidewalk. Responding emergency medical personnel determined the woman was deceased.
Because officers noted the circumstances at the crime scene were suspicious, members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Homicide Detail and criminalists with the Forensic Evidence Division responded to the scene. Representatives with the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office are also responding to this suspicious death investigation.
A few hours later hours later, a man was found dead on the sidewalk of the Burnside Bridge. Officers responded to the report shortly after 12:30 a.m. When they arrived, they found an unconscious man, who was pronounced dead a short time later.
The police homicide detail then responded to the scene to continue the investigation, closing the Burnside Bridge for several hours. It has since reopened.
As these homicide investigations continued, the police bureau assigned additional officers to perform increased patrols in downtown Portland. At 3:28 a.m. on Tuesday, members with the Portland Police Bureau Tactical Operation Division's Special Emergency Reaction Team located a man matching the description of the suspect in the homicide investigation that was occurring on the Burnside Bridge. Team members contacted the man near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Pine Street. He was taken into custody without incident.
Based on information gathered in both the investigations, detectives believe the suspect taken into custody near Southwest 3rd Avenue and Southwest Pine Street this morning is the suspect in the homicide investigation that began under the Morrison Bridge, as well the investigation on the Burnside Bridge.
In addition to being a suspect in the above listed homicide investigations, members of the Portland Police Bureau Detective Division's Robbery Detail believe the suspect was also involved in a robbery at the Chevron Gas Station, located at 400 West Burnside Street. An employee at the Chevron called 9-1-1 on Monday, Nov. 20, at 10:44 p.m., to report a man entered the location, brandished a firearm, demanded cigarettes, and left the location. There were no reports of anyone being injured during this incident.
KOIN 6 News is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. Reporter Jim Redden contributed to this story.