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DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of suspect in Lents break-in and fatal shooting - 09/13/22

September 13, 2022

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director

DA Mike Schmidt announces arraignment of suspect in Lents break-in and fatal shooting 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Shaka Imani Chambers, 46, was arraigned today on three charges, Murder in the Second Degree with a Firearm, Burglary in the First Degree with a Firearm - Constituting Domestic Violence, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon with a Firearm.

The charges stem from an alleged incident on September 4 at an apartment located in the area of Southeast 90th Avenue. The victim in this homicide is identified as 27-year-old Juan Carlos Artiles. The Medical Examiner determined the cause of death as a gunshot wound and the manner of death a homicide. The Artiles' family is asking for privacy at this time.

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit is committed to ending family abuse. The unit engages in evidence-based prosecution of domestic violence. It emphasizes the importance of victim advocacy services for all victims and their children. 

Resources:

Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Program: 503-988-3222

Call to Safety: 1-888-235-5333

The Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services: 503-988-6400

For monthly updates on firearm-related prosecutions, you can visit the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Gun Violence Data Dashboard. The dashboard is searchable by date, location, and charge. It also tracks demographic information about victims of gun violence.

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Chambers is innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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DA Mike Schmidt announces two suspects in Mount Tabor arson arraigned - 09/12/22

September 12, 2022 

Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director 

Elisabeth.Shepard@mcda.us 

DA Mike Schmidt announces two suspects in Mount Tabor arson arraigned 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Samuel Perkins and Malik Hares, both 18 years old, have been arraigned on Arson in the First Degree. 

The charge stems from several separate incidents of arson between July 15 and September 9 of 2022, in the area of Mount Tabor Park, prior to and after a burn ban citing high temperatures, limited rainfall, and dry conditions was issued. Another fire was allegedly started during a Red Flag warning that cited worsening conditions for wildfires including high temperatures, low humidity, and 40-mile-an-hour winds issued on September 9 through 10. 

On or around September 10, Portland police interviewed suspects in the arson including Hares and Perkins. Video footage showed Hares and Malik in the area of Mount Tabor Park around the time one of the fires was ignited. Each admitted to involvement in starting the fires. Hares admitted he returned to the areas where they had started fires to observe Portland Fire and Rescue put them out and spoke with responding firefighters and an investigator. 

These alleged incidents are subject to an ongoing investigation that may yield subsequent criminal charges. 

A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Hares and Perkins are innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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