5 Portland homicides reported in 3 days; 3 arrests made
Portland investigators are on the case for a spate of four homicides reported in roughly 24 hours within city limits — and a fifth investigated earlier this week. Arrests have been made in three cases.
Here's what we know so far:
In the most recent incident, East Precinct officers found a man shot dead somewhere near the 13600 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard around 9:09 p.m., Friday, July 10.
No suspect or arrests were announced, and police say the case is active and on-going.
Hours earlier, around 12:44 p.m. on Friday, officers responded to the 7400 block of 84th Avenue, where they found a female victim.
Police announced around 8:37 p.m. that the woman had died.
"I am deeply disturbed by the loss of life our city has seen in such a short time," Police Chief Chuck Lovell said in a release. "I extend my gratitude to our PPB Officers, Detectives, Sergeants and Criminalists who have responded to these traumatic scenes and are diligently working to follow up on leads and capture those responsible."
A report by Pamplin Media Group news partner KOIN 6 News says that a woman — possibly known as Shai'India Howard or Shai Harris — was pronounced dead at the scene. She had just graduated from high school and was considering attending Clark College.
"She was a very sweet girl. Nothing can justify this," a friend told KOIN 6 News. No arrests or suspect information has been released.
In the third incident, officers initially reported responding to a welfare check around 9:03 a.m. on Friday, July 10.
The call sent officers to the 16300 block of Southeast Foster Road regarding a person believed to be injured.
Around 7:40 p.m., officers said the adult woman had died and homicide detectives were "reviewing the circumstances surrounding her death." A suspect has been arrested, but not ID'd publicly yet.
The Medical Examiner continues to seek the cause of death.
In the fourth incident, a man named Dominique Dunn was fatally shot in the parking lot of Reveal Lounge, 8345 S. Barbur Blvd., around 8:16 p.m. on Thursday, July 9.
Police say Jordan Christopher Clark, 25, of Tualatin, has been charged with second-degree murder. Clark has no Oregon criminal record other than a speeding ticket, per court records.
Pamplin Media Group news partner OPB spoke with the strip club owner, who said footage of the shooting appeared to show a confrontation sparked between two groups of friends.
"They were talking — it seemed like they were friends," he said. "They were shaking hands and all of that," Javier Garcia told the radio station. "There was no argument. There was no fight. It was out of nowhere."
The audio of the videotape is reportedly garbled, but the city's anti-fascists Twitter accounts have circulated screenshots alleging the killing was racially motivated.
Police have said that narrative is false.
"PPB is aware of mis-information that is circulating about this case," a police spokesman wrote in a release. "Detectives interviewed multiple witnesses to this crime and there is no information at this time to support race was a factor that played a role in this case."
A man stabbed in the Buckman neighborhood died in a local hospital, and police have arrested a suspect in the killing.
Cody Nicholas Vickers, 32, was stabbed in the 1300 block of Southeast Water Avenue around 3:46 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, per police statements.
A suspect — later identified as Stephen Lloyd Bache, 52 — was arrested nearby at Water and Southeast Main Street, where he was living in a camper, per court records. Bache faces one count of second-degree murder.
Bache has four felony convictions on his record and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, records say.
The Medical Examiner said Vickers died of homicidal violence.
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