Hazelwood murder suspect captured

See where the man suspected of committing an outer East Portland murder was found – and arrested …

In the early hours of February 7, Portland Police Bureau officers close off SE 135th Avenue, from Division Street to Powell Boulevard, after they find a woman shot to death in a secluded Hazelwood parking lot. East Portland News archive image

By David F. Ashton

While it’s still not known how the body of 43-year-old Jaquona Lakaya Goggans turned up in the trunk of a car in a secluded parking lot shared by Foxy’s Den Eatery, Furniture Discounters PDX, and the Portland Christian Center, on the evening of February 7 of this year, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Homicide Detectives quickly closed off the intersection of SE 135th and Division Street to begin their investigation.

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Since the murder in February, PPB Homicide Detectives have been looking for the killer of this woman – 43-year-old Jaquona Lakaya Goggans.

“On Wednesday, December 18, law enforcement officials with the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, and the Oregon State Police apprehended a homicide suspect who had an active warrant related to this Portland Police Bureau case,” announced PPB Public Information Officer Lieutenant Tina Jones.

“The warrant was connected to an active homicide case from February 7th, 2019, when officers located Jaquona Goggans deceased in the trunk of a vehicle. The suspect, 47-year-old Charvell Douglas, was booked on this warrant at the Northern Oregon Regional Corrections Facility (NORCF),” Jones said.

Portland detectives were looking for, but couldn’t find, the murder suspect, 47-year-old Charvell Douglas – who just turned up in a desolate area of Central Oregon.

The Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) provided a detailed account of the arrest that took place on December 18 at about 7:45 a.m.

That morning, a WCSO deputy was sent to help a motorist in the area of Highway 19 at milepost 67; and the dispatcher soon advised that the man who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a red Pontiac Vibe was Charvell Douglas, who had a Felony Warrant for Murder.

“During Deputy Hines’ contact with Douglas, the suspect began to act suspicious by moving inside the vehicle as if he was reaching for something. Cover units were dispatched to assist the deputy,” a WCSO official reported.

It was in this Pontiac Vibe that Charvell Douglas made his getaway several times – until it was rammed by a law enforcement vehicle. Image courtesy of WCSO

“Upon the arrival of Undersheriff Mitch Elliott, a high risk contact was made to attempt to have Douglas exit his vehicle, which he refused. Two female passengers in Douglas’ vehicle were able to exit safely, but Douglas continued to refuse demands to exit.

“Douglas then started the car and drove from the scene. Due to the severity of the warrant, and the potential threat to the public, the Undersheriff initiated and authorized a pursuit northbound on the Highway 19,” the official continued.

Douglas sped through the City of Fossil – where Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office units and an Oregon State Police Trooper followed, just inside Gilliam County.

The pursuit ends in a field, where the suspect is captured. Image courtesy of WCSO

Law enforcement officers put out spike strips, but Douglas managed to dodge them, and continued to drive “between 90 and 100 miles per hour”. Law enforcement officers discontinued the pursuit in the City of Condon as Douglas raced away north on Highway 19.

Outside the city, Douglas drove off the main highway, on unpaved Brown Road, and into private property, to avoid law enforcement officers, and then sped back toward the highway.

It looks like its crash into the Pontiac substantially damaged this Wheeler County Sheriff’s unit. Image courtesy of WCSO

“A Wheeler County Sheriff’s unit and Douglas’s vehicle collided into each other causing major damage to both vehicles; Douglas was then taken into custody,” the official said. “An ambulance from South Gilliam responded to treat Douglas’ minor injuries; then Douglas was then transported to the hospital in The Dalles for further evaluation.”

After that, Douglas was lodged in the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles.

“Additional charges from this pursuit are pending,” the WCSO official remarked.

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