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Cold Case Detectives Arrest Murder Suspect

April 01, 2005 00:00


March 31, 2005 Portland Police arrested 17-year-old Birgilio Marin Arellano on one count of Murder and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the June 2004 shooting death of 16-year-old Alexx Alexander. Arellano was booked into the Multnomah County jail.

An investigation by detectives from the Portland Police Cold Case Squad with cooperation from the Drugs and Vice Division, Gang Enforcement Team, Detective Division, the Milwaukie Police Department, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and other Police Bureau resources led to the identification of Arellano. Arellano was taken into custody at about 2:00 p.m. near Southeast 62nd Avenue/Southeast Foster Road by members of the Portland Police Special Emergency Reaction Team as he sat in a car.

Following Arellano’s arrest detectives served search warrants at three locations. Two warrants were served in Portland in the 1100 block of Northeast 104th Avenue, and in the 6500 block of Southeast 68th Avenue. One warrant was served in Milwaukie in the 4600 block of Southeast Jackson Street by the Milwaukie Police Department. Detectives collected evidence but have not released details as this is an ongoing investigation. A juvenile was arrested at the Milwaukie address on gun and drug charges.

The victim, 16-year-old Alexx Alexander, was shot and killed June 6, 2004 while riding in a car following a low rider show at the Expo Center in North Portland. Detectives consider this incident to be gang related and say the shooting followed an argument between rival gang members at the low rider show.

The Portland Police Cold Case Homicide Squad was launched in September 2004 in response to community input at a gang summit hosted in 2003 by then Mayor Vera Katz. The squad is able to focus on unsolved homicide cases in a way detectives working new cases cannot. There are about 275 unsolved homicides in the City of Portland dating back to 1979.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Detective Cheryl Kanzler (503-823-0457) or Detective Paul Weatheroy (503-823-0458).


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