Murder Suspect Arrested, Public's Help Requested in Locating Involved Vehicle

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March 18, 2021 21:22

  

On March 18, 2021, at 8:12a.m., a North Precinct officer on patrol was investigating suspicious circumstances at a motel in the 9700 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The officer arrested a person if interest in the Wednesday night grocery store homicide in the Russell neighborhood.

Homicide detectives responded and investigated. They determined that the person of interest was responsible for the homicide and the subsequent carjacking. They booked Blake M. Daniels, 38, into the Multnomah County Detention Center on charges of Murder in the Second Degree, Robbery in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm.

The victim of the homicide is being identified as Jay Underwood, 60. The medical examiner determined he died of a gunshot wound, and ruled the death a homicide. The family has been notified.

The vehicle that was taken in the carjacking is still outstanding, and the Portland Police Bureau is requesting help from the public to locate it. It is a 2003 Subaru Forester, dark green in color, with a light bar on the roof, bearing Oregon license plate 605JWW. If located please call 911 to have an officer respond.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Brad Clifton at 503 823-0696, or Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov, or Detective Michael Greenlee at 503 823-0871, or Michael.Greenlee@portlandoregon.gov.

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One person has died in a shooting at a grocery store in the Russell Neighborhood.

On Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 9:56p.m., East Precinct officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting at a grocery store in the 1900 block of Northeast 122nd Avenue. When they arrived they located a victim who was deceased.

Officers learned that a short time after the shooting, in the grocery store parking lot, a suspect robbed a driver of their car at gunpoint. The victim of the carjacking was unhurt. Detectives are still trying to determine if the two incidents are related. No suspect information is being released.

The grocery store is closed during the investigation. No roads are affected. The PIO is not responding to the scene.

Homicide detectives are responding to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, please contact Detective Brad Clifton Brad.Clifton@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0696 or Michael Greenlee Michael.Greenlee@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-0871.

More information about this case will be released when appropriate.

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