Milwaukie hit-and-run suspect's girlfriend sought in assault
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.
Clackamas 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.
At 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.
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