Almost a year later, accused murder is arrested

See who was indicted for this outer East Portland New Years Eve murder …

Police cars swarmed the area of NE 82nd Avenue of Roses and NE Thompson Street looking for the person responsible for a homicide.

Story and photo by David F. Ashton
In a story we brought you a year ago (CLICK HERE to read it), 2007 ended with an outer East Portland homicide.

Officials say it isn’t clear why this man, 25-year-old Christopher Adam Monette, a resident of North Portland, was gunned down just minutes before 2008 began in outer Northeast Portland. (PPB photo)

“The investigation began on December 31, 2007, at approximately 11:48 pm, when officers responded to a disturbance call with possible shots fired in the 8400 block of NE Thompson Street,” Portland Police Bureau Public Information Officer Sgt. Brian Schmautz told us.

“Christopher Adam Monette was found deceased, and Homicide Detectives were called to the scene to initiate an investigation,” continued Schmautz. “A Multnomah County Grand Jury recently returned a murder indictment regarding this case.”

Officials say they suspect this man, 30-year-old Jerrin Lavazie Hickman, of committing the New Year’s Eve murder. (MCSO photo)

Suspect arrested in Kaiser
The US Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force hunted down the suspect in this murder case, 30-year-old Jerrin Lavazie Hickman, in Kaiser, near Salem, and arrested him on the outstanding warrant on December 8, Schmautz informed us.

For investigative reasons, detectives are withholding additional information in this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ken Whattam at (503) 823-0696 or Detective Rico Beniga at (503) 823-0692.

© 2008 David F Ashton ~ East Portland News

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