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Burglary call leads to arrest of driver suspected of killing elderly woman i9n Southwest Portland

MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Nolan A. HarrisPolice have arrested a suspect in a fatal March 19 hit and run crash in Southwest Portland.

Nolan A. Harris, 30, was arrested during a burglary. He is facing charges for both crimes including Burglary I, Possession of Burglary Tools, Escape II, Criminal Mischief II, and Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver (with Injury Resulting).

Traffic Division investigators are working with the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to determine if other charges are appropriate.

The victim was Ortrud Vatheuer, 85. Her family has been notified of the arrest.

According to police, at 3:38 a.m. on April 24, North Precinct officers responded to a burglary in progress call at the Metropolis Cycle Repair located at 2249 N Williams Avenue. Officers arrived and arrested Harris, who was also identified as the suspect in the fatal hit and run crash at Southwest Carson Street and Southwest 45th Avenue.

Previously, on April 10, the van believed to be involved in the incident was located by a Tukwila Police Department Commander who was out doing a monthly patrol shift in Tukwila, Washington. It was seized as evidence.

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