Clackamas County makes arrest in homicide of pawn shop owner
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office on April 13 announced the arrest of Nistasha Rose Tate, 23, for the murder of 63-year-old Jimmy Alan Pearson.
Pearson, who owned a small chain of pawn shops, was found dead at his Oak Grove home on March 3.
A U.S. Marshals Service task force arrested Tate on April 12 at a Florida Greyhound station. Called the "prime suspect" in Pearson's murder on March 1, Tate is currently being held in the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail, where she awaits extradition to Clackamas County. She is being held without bail on a Clackamas County warrant for second-degree murder and robbery.
Authorities had developed Tate as a possible suspect in Pearson's murder shortly after the discovery of Pearson's body in his home. A forensic analysis determined that Tate had visited Pearson on the date of the murder.
"A routine Milwaukie PD traffic stop of Tate's vehicle in the vicinity of the crime, before the discovery of Pearson's body, further confirmed her presence in the area on the night of the murder," said CCSO Sgt. Marcus Mendoza. "Inside her vehicle during the traffic stop were items later determined to belong to Pearson."
Pearson was found by an employee who went to his residence at 1711 S.E. Oak Shore Lane to check on Pearson after he didn't show up at work.
Pearson bought his house along the Willamette River for $1.2 million in 2015, according to the county assessor's office, which estimates its current value as $2.1 million. State business filings show that Pearson owned a marijuana processing company and pawn shops called A-1 Hawk, which are still doing business at outlets in Gladstone and Portland.
Pearson graduated from high school in Peoria, Arizona, went to college at Penn State University and started working in the pawn-shop business in 1988, according to his Facebook page.
Pearson's family shared the following statement:
"Jim was a one-of-a-kind man. He could light up a room and was loved by all. He was such a proud father and grandfather."
Detectives and forensic experts believe the suspected crime to be an isolated incident posing no danger to the general public.
The CCSO is still asking the public for additional information on Tate and the murder. Anyone with information on Pearson's death is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form and referencing CCSO Case # 21-004502.
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