Alleged Mill Park murderer incident arrested

Find out who officials say fatally shot a man outside the Tik Tok Restaurant in February …

After two months of investigation about a shooting death in the Mill Park neighborhood, a Portland Police Bureau SERT squad gathered on a side street in the Parkrose neighborhood to arrest the suspected murderer.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

When shots rang out and a man fell to the pavement in the parking lot of a Mill Park neighborhood 24-hour diner, at 12:47 a.m. on February 18, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct raced to the Tik Tok Restaurant, at 11215 SE Division Street.

> To read about the original, February incident: CLICK HERE.

Although the wounded man, later identified as 25-year-old Charles Exzavyer Gaines, was rushed to a hospital by ambulance, he was pronounced dead when he was received by the medical center.

The PPB Tactical Operations Division’s Gun Violence Reduction Team joined the Detective Division’s Homicide Team in an investigation of the shooting-become-murder.

Police officers, including a canine team, approach a motel where they believe the suspect is hiding out.

“On April 14, at about 10:42 a.m., PPB Homicide Detectives arrested a man wanted for the murder of Charles Gaines in February,” reported a PPB spokesperson.

The Homicide Detectives, backed up by members of the U.S. Marshals Service, a PPB Special Emergency Reaction Team squad, and a police dog team carefully approached a room at the R/R Motel at 11724 NE Sandy Boulevard that morning, looking for 35-year-old Javier Omar Solis.

At this motel, law enforcement officers take their murder suspect into custody.

Solis was located, taken into custody, and booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC) on the evening of his arrest at 6:56 p.m., on charges of Murder, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Facing two felony charges is this man: 35-year-old Javier Omar Solis. MCDC booking photo

At his arraignment in Multnomah County District Court, Solis learned he’d be tried on one count of Murder, as well as the weapons charge; he was ordered to be held at MCDC, without bail, on the felony charges.

“Detective Brad Clifton would still like to hear from anyone who has information about this case; he can be reached at (503) 823-0696 or at,” the police spokesperson said.

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