Shootings persist: Parkrose man dies of gunshot wounds

Week #86 Shooting Report | Again this week, we must report yet another death by shooting in outer East Portland. This, other shooting cases, and this week’s ‘Shots Fired Log’ are in this article …

Since our last report, officers have been called to Parkrose, Hazelwood, Powellhurst-Gilbert,  Pleasant Valley, Mill Park Mt. Scott-Arleta and Lents neighborhoods, responding to shooting homicides, gunshot wounding calls and to look into “Shots Fired” reports.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Sadly, the deaths caused by violent people using guns every week continue. We have hopes that the plans, committees, groups, and new squads put forth by Portland Commissioner of Police Mayor Ted Wheeler will soon slow the carnage in our streets.

In the interval, here’s the latest information about this week’s gunshot homicide, shootings involving injuries – including one on a TriMet MAX train – also,  an arrest (and quick release) of a man caught with guns – and this week’s ‘Shots Fired Log’.

February 27
Man dies of gunshot wounds in Parkrose

Investigators come into the area after a man is found shot in the driveway of a Parkrose apartment complex.

The Parkrose neighborhood has seen its share of shooting murders, as have nearby Argay Terrace and Parkrose Heights.

The most recent, in the early morning hours of February 27, took place in the parking lot of a “no name” apartment complex located in the 4800 block of NE 103rd Avenue, midway between NE Wygant Street and Sandy Boulevard.

As the investigation continues into the morning, red “Crime Scene” tape across NE 103rd Avenue marks off the area of investigation, where a man was critically wounded.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) North Precinct officers were dispatched to what started out as a “Shots Fired” call at 4:45a.m. that morning. But, when officers arrived and found a wounded man on the pavement next to a building, it soon became a “Shooting-with Weapon” call.

Because it’s a narrow driveway and street, possibly leading to danger from a shooter still in the area, officers moved in to rescue the victim and move him to a safe location for paramedics to treat him.

As a shooting incident turns into a homicide investigation, the PPB Mobile Command Center serves as headquarters for investigating Homicide Division detectives.

“The victim was taken to local hospital by ambulance. Despite lifesaving efforts, he succumbed to his injuries,” a PPB spokesperson revealed later that morning. “Several people were detained by officers, and the suspect remained on scene.”

This was the second homicide investigation for North Precinct in less than 10 hours. The first one, just 6.1 miles west of Parkrose, was on February 26, in which officers at 7:12 p.m. found dead male shooting victim – later identified as 38-year-old Jacob T. Dreyer of Vancouver – in a Lloyd Center parking structure.

This man, 28-year-old Rey “Kevin” Arras-Rios, died as result of being shot, in Parkrose. Family provided photo

On March 3, the Oregon State Medical Examiner revealed that man deceased in the Parkrose neighborhood homicide was 28-year-old Rey “Kevin” Arras-Rios of Portland.

The Examiner determined Arras-Rios’ death to be “homicide by gunshot”.

As of now, no information regarding the suspect has been revealed by Portland Police Homicide Division detectives. If you have information about this incident, contact Detective Mike Jones at Michael.Jones@portlandoregon.gov, or Detective Jeff Sharp at Jeff.Sharp@portlandoregon.gov | 503-823-9773. The Case No. 22-54146.

March 3
Shooting on TriMet MAX train wounds person, stops in Gateway

Law enforcement officers and command staff with the PPB and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office take over the TriMet MAX at the Main Street Station, as they conduct a shooting investigation aboard this Green Line train.

March 3 at 6:52 p.m., East Precinct and Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Transit Police officers were dispatched to a report of a fight on a TriMet MAX train in the Gateway District.

Specifically, 19 officers converged at the TriMet Park-n-Ride Main Street Transit Station platform, located at 1119 SE 96th Avenue – including those from PPB East Precinct and MCSO Transit Police, the PPB Air Support Unit, Canine Team Unit, the Focused Intervention Team (FIT), and the Enhanced Community Safety Team (ECST).

Officers work with ECST and FIT investigators gather evidence in and around this TriMet MAX Green Line train.

“As officers were responding, they were updated that someone fired a gun,” PPB Public Information Officer Sergeant Kevin Allen told East Portland News. “Arriving officers located a man with a gunshot wound,” he described.

After securing the crime scene, paramedics came to treat and medically stabilize the injured patient, an adult male. “He was taken by ambulance to a very nearby local hospital by ambulance with injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening,” Sgt. Allen noted.

In this TriMet MAX Green Line train car, a MCSO Transit Police investigator examines evidence located in a doorway.

The suspect, reportedly with the gun and left the scene before officers arrived and was not located.

ECST detectives are now doing follow-up. If you have information about this case, please contact crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference Case No. 22-58707.

Teen arrested after Hazelwood shooting, trys to elude police

Officers search the area for evidence after another shooting in the Hazelwood neighborhood.

After a car was shot up, with the driver in it the evening of February 25, East Precinct officers were dispatched at 8:48 p.m. to the area of SE 119th Avenue and Oak Street – a block north of the deadly daytime shooting along SE Stark Street on February 2.

Arriving officers contacted the victim, who was not injured, but whose car was damaged by gunfire.

While canvassing the area, PPB’s FIT officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle – a black SUV – and signaled for it to pull over. It didn’t.

Instead, the SUV’s driver took off in an effort to elude the officers – who let him go, but immediately enlisted the services of the PPB Air Support Unit overhead.

The Portland Police’s “eye-in-the-sky” tracked the SUV south on SE 122nd Avenue into the area shared by the Powellhurst-Gilbert and Pleasant Valley neighborhoods. Near SE 128th Avenue, just north of Foster Road, officers saw two male suspects take off on foot – one of them was soon sniffed out by a PPB K-9 Team.

This is the gun officers say they took from the teenage boy, already with outstanding warrants for arrest.

One 15-year-old male suspect was captured, and a gun was recovered. The 15-year-old boy was booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center on outstanding warrants. The public is never informed when such an “underage” individual is released back into the community.

The other suspect was not immediately captured. The suspect vehicle was confirmed to be stolen.

In the light of day, these bullet holes, found on the back side of the Stark Street Lawn & Garden shop, are clearly evident.

Back at the crime scene, the PPB’s ECST detectives responded and investigated. The evidence of gunfire included six bullet impacts to nearby buildings. And, the victim vehicle’s rear window had been shattered when it was shot out. The car’s body also sported bullet holes.

If you have information about this incident – it’s Case No. 22-53031 – send an email to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and reference case number.

At least three injured in other outer East Portland shootings

February 26 at 2:39  a.m.
Person injured in Mill Park shooting

Investigators look into a shooting here in the Mill Park neighborhood. PPB image

Responding to a “Shots Fired” call, officers found evidence at SE 117th Avenue and Division Street. Moreover, they also located a wounded individual. This is Case No. 22-53241.

February 26 at 6:31 p.m.
Gunshot injures one near Leach Botanical Garden

Both police and medical responders were sent to the area of SE 122nd Avenue at Foster Place to look into a shooting. A wounded person was taken to a local hospital. This is Case No. 22-53860.

February 27 at 3:49 p.m.
Shooting returns to Mt. Scott-Arleta

Officers look for evidence here, in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, and find lots of it.

Along SE Harold Street, from 72nd to 77th Avenue, was blocked off as officers documented another shooting in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood, where PBOT installed dozens of “traffic barrels” streets, to stop the shootings in the area.

So far, police have not provided further information. This is Case No. 22-54533.

February 27 and March 1
Two gunshot victims seen at Adventist Medical Center

Into this hospital’s emergency department were brought gunshot victims this week.

Officers were dispatched to Adventist Medical Center to look into victims wounded by bullets on February 27 at 5:37 p.m. [Case No. 22-54608]; and on March 1 at 4:15 a.m. [Case No. 22-55934]. State law requires hospitals to contact the police when any victim of any type violent crime, including gunshot patients, come in to an emergency department.

Help our police solve these crimes; send you may have about these cases in an email to crimetips@portlandoregon.gov and be sure to reference the “Case No.”.

February 25
Man, armed with guns, arrested driving stolen vehicle, released days later

On February 25, what the PPB calls “a directed crime-reduction patrol mission” in the Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhood led to the arrest of a suspect armed with two guns and 10 “cutting instruments”.

At 7:06 p.m. that evening, officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle in the area of SE Division Street and 112th Avenue – and, as seems to nowadays be the case, the driver stepped on the gas and sped off.

Again, ground-based officers didn’t bother to turn on their emergency lights and pursue the vehicle, but instead, they called in the PPB Air Support Unit for an assist from the sky. “The driver continued to drive recklessly despite no police cars following, including speeding and running red lights. Several other drivers were nearly hit by the suspect,” a PPB spokesperson stated.

After a spike strip stops the fleeing driver’s car, officers move in to make an arrest.

An officer was able to deploy a spike strip to deflate the vehicle’s tires. The suspect stopped and got into another vehicle – 4.1 miles from where the event began – near the SE 83rd Avenue and Knapp Street, in the Lents neighborhood.

Officers stopped that vehicle and arrested the suspect, 22-year-old Dylan Levi Rhoades. Why no MCDC booking photo? CLICK HERE. Searching Rhoades and his possessions, officers found two (2) loaded handguns, nine knives, and one hatchet.

These are some of the items take from suspect 22-year-old Dylan Levi Rhoades during is arrest. PPB image

Rhoades was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center at 10:12 p.m. that evening on multiple Felony and Misdemeanor charges, including Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, Attempt to Elude Police by Vehicle, Attempt to Elude Police on Foot, Reckless Driving, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (2 counts), and Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree.

Combined bail assigned to these charges amounted to $57,500. However, after his arraignment, Rhoades wasn’t required to post any of that bail at all. He was released back into our community three days after his arrest. Court Release Reason: Released on Own Recognizance.

~ SHOTS FIRED LOG ~

The good news for outer East Portland residents was that there were only 37 “Shots Fired” calls in our neighborhoods this week, down from 42 such calls last week.

The sad news is that in other Portland neighborhoods, officers went on a total of 78 such calls. Officers don’t always find evidence of a shooting at all of these calls; sometimes it’s just a loud noise that frightens neighbors who are already anxious due to real shootings on their street.

February 23
22-51100         02/23/2022 19:02:56   7200 Block of SE DUKE ST

22-51149         02/23/2022 20:06:35   11900 Block of SE ASH ST

February 24
22-51528         02/24/2022 08:10:52   6600 Block of SE 72ND AVE

22-51652         02/24/2022 11:16:37   7900 Block of SE POWELL BLVD
22-08390         02/24/2022 22:31:50   9400 Block of NE CAMPAIGN ST
22-52155         02/24/2022 22:31:50   3200 Block of NE ROCKY BUTTE RD

February 25
22-52591         02/25/2022 12:02:31   SE 89TH AVE / SE WOODSTOCK BLVD

22-53017         02/25/2022 20:27:24   SE 122ND AVE / SE DIVISION ST
22-53031         02/25/2022 20:48:56   11700 Block of SE OAK ST
22-53121         02/25/2022 23:18:53   12100 Block of E BURNSIDE ST

February 26
22-53212         02/26/2022 01:50:12   900 Block of NE 81ST AVE

22-53241         02/26/2022 02:39:06   SE 117TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST
22-53246         02/26/2022 02:46:59   SE 122ND AVE / SE STARK ST
22-53481         02/26/2022 10:55:24   SE 157TH AVE / SE POWELL BLVD
22-53851         02/26/2022 19:22:55   SE HOLGATE BLVD / SE 77TH AVE
22-53929         02/26/2022 21:41:47   700 Block of SE 106TH AVE
22-53934         02/26/2022 21:45:09   SE 72ND AVE / SE RAYMOND ST

February 27
22-54057         02/27/2022 01:24:51   SE 129TH AVE / SE DIVISION ST

22-54533         02/27/2022 15:49:09   5700 Block of SE 74TH AVE
22-54659         02/27/2022 18:53:04   1900 Block of NE 101ST AVE
22-54665         02/27/2022 19:05:47   2700 Block of SE 141ST AVE
22-54670         02/27/2022 19:13:28   NE 96TH AVE / NE PRESCOTT ST
22-54700         02/27/2022 19:46:39   2700 Block of SE 141ST AVE
22-54880         02/27/2022 23:37:16   SE 136TH AVE / SE CENTER ST

February 28
22-54946         02/28/2022 02:16:09   3300 Block of SE 122ND AVE

22-54960         02/28/2022 03:05:05   12300 Block of SE SHERMAN ST
22-55233         02/28/2022 11:32:14   12100 Block of SE BROOKSIDE DR
22-55774         02/28/2022 23:24:44   NE 92ND AVE / NE THOMPSON ST

March 1
22-55905         03/01/2022 03:08:14   2500 Block of SE 174TH AVE

22-55953         03/01/2022 05:11:20   12200 Block of SE SHERMAN ST
22-56002         03/01/2022 07:05:54   SE WOODSTOCK BLVD / SE 88TH AVE
22-56804         03/01/2022 22:17:58   16400 Block of NE LAS BRISAS CT
22-56866         03/01/2022 23:24:13   4000 Block of SE 101ST AVE

March 2
22-56942         03/02/2022 01:15:57   2100 Block of SE 162ND AVE

22-56976         03/02/2022 02:28:10   17100 Block of SE DIVISION ST
22-57253         03/02/2022 10:11:52   SE 96TH AVE / SE HAROLD ST
22-57325         03/02/2022 11:36:56   2200 Block of SE 162ND AVE

~ ~ ~ ~

We salute the new PPB Focused Intervention Team which already are having an effect in taking guns and the people who use them off the streets of East Portland.

We’re cheering them on, as well as members of the Enhanced Community Safety Team, who have been kept very busy, investigating shootings.

It’s hard to tell from the long lists of shots-fired calls you see above, but they really do seem to be making a difference.

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