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UPDATE #2: Suspect Arrested for January 8 Murder of Deshawn Pledger - 03/01/24

A suspect has been arrested for the January 8, 2024 murder of Deshawn Pledger in the Hazelwood Neighborhood.

Since the initial response, detectives with the Homicide Unit have investigated the case and identified a suspect, Xavier V. Lucas, 32, of Portland. The case was referred to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office.

On Thursday, February 22, 2024, members of the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Lucas in Hesperia, California. He was booked into the San Bernadino County West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, California on an arrest warrant for Murder in the Second Degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Proceedings to request extradition to Multnomah County are pending.

The victim’s family has been notified of the arrest.

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UPDATE: Man Found Deceased in Hazelwood Neighborhood Identified
January 11, 2024 11:00

The man found deceased in the Hazelwood Neighborhood on Monday, January 8, 2024, has been identified as Deshawn Pledger, 30, of Portland. His family has been notified of his death and they are requesting privacy at this time.

The Medical Examiner determined that Pledger died of homicide by gunshot wound. This is the first homicide of 2024.

No arrests have been made. The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective JD McGuire at Jeff.McGuire@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brent Christensen at Brent.Christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov and reference case number 24-6489.

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***Original Message Below***

On Monday, January 8th, 2024, at 10:53 p.m., officers from the East Precinct responded to a call for a welfare check in the 2400 block of Southeast 106th Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a man who was deceased. No arrests have been made and no one has been detained.

The Portland Police Homicide detectives have responded to the scene to investigate. If anyone has information about this incident, they are asked to please contact Detective JD McGuire at Jeff.McGuire@police.portlandoregon.gov or Detective Brent Christensen at Brent.Christensen@police.portlandoregon.gov and by phone at (503) 823-2087. Please reference case number 24-6489.

During the investigation, Southeast 106th Avenue will be closed from near Southeast Stephens Street to Southeast Division Street.

The identity of the victim will be released after the Medical Examiner has confirmed the cause of death and after family members have been notified. The PIO is not responding to the scene. More information will be released when appropriate.

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