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Case #01-97492

Jason Williams, a 21-year-old African-American man, and his girlfriend were walking on the sidewalk on the 100 block of N Sumner Ave on October 14, 2001. At approximately 12:47 am, an unidentified African-American man approached the couple and demanded money. When Mr. Williams resisted, he was pushed back and shot once.

Jason Williams has been described as a pleasant person who worked hard. He was not a known gang member and was not known to be involved in drugs. He may have been mistaken as a gang member.

The unidentified African-American male has been described as being over 6 feet tall, wearing a black jacket and dark pants with a beanie hat.

The Cold Case Unit would like anyone with information regarding this case to contact them. Witnesses may contact Cold Case Homicide Unit investigators directly at (503) 823-0400. To remain anonymous, witnesses may provide information through Crime Stoppers of Oregon.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and tipsters can remain anonymous.

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Leave a Crime Stoppers tip online at text CRIMES (274637) and in the subject line put 823HELP, followed by the tip, or call (503) 823-HELP (4357) and leave the tip information. Tips can be left in English or Spanish.

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