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April 20, 2004 00:00


On Monday, April 19, 2004, through the cooperative efforts of Portland Police homicide detectives, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, and the U.S. Marshall’s office, 25-year-old Robert Allen Wagner was arrested on an outstanding warrant in Las Vegas, Nevada. The murder warrant was issued as a result of the shooting death of 35-year-old Lavelle Matthews in Portland.

On March 23, 2004, at about 3:00 a.m., officers responded to a medical call in the area of North Albina Avenue and North Webster Street. When officers arrived, they found Lavelle Matthews suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Medical Personnel pronounced Matthews dead at the scene.

Robert Wagner is currently being held in Las Vegas Nevada, awaiting expedition back to Oregon.

This is an on-going investigation and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Cheryl Kanzler at (503) 823-0457 or Detective Chuck Shipley at (503) 823-0865.


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Portland, Oregon 97204



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