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Oregon Murder Suspect Arrested in Arizona

Marcus Orozco faces charges of Aggravated Murder, Murder, Robbery 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, and Felon in Possession of Firearm.

Marcus Orozco
Photo: Multnomah County Sheriff


Accomplice Jeremy Pomerenke in 2002

Deputies in Maricopa County, Arizona arrested an Oregon murder suspect Tuesday who has successfully eluded authorities for six years.

Lt. Jason Gates with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office says 33-year old Marcus Kelo Orozco was wanted in connection with a 2001 murder involving a robbery attempt.

Gates says it began on February 12th, 2001, at an apartment at 50 Kerr Parkway in Lake Oswego.

Marcus Orozco and three accomplices, Damien Douglas, Jeremy Pomerenke, and one unnamed suspect, contacted 25-year old Joshua Toomey who was allegedly dealing in large quantities of marijuana supplied by associates of an Asian gang called the Red Cobras. Toomey was in possession of over 60 pounds of marijuana.

According to court records, the four organized a plan to rob Toomey of money and/or drugs. During the robbery Toomey was shot in the chest and killed.

Douglas and Orozco fled the scene on foot, and Pomerenke fled in a vehicle as a person associated with Toomey engaged in a gun battle with them.

Multnomah County Major Crimes Team and Lake Oswego PD detectives conducted an extensive investigation that led to the arrest of Pomerenke and Douglas.

Accomplice Damien Douglas in 2002

Pomerenke was charged and convicted for Robbery 1st degree, Robbery 2nd degree, Attempt Assault 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree and Felon in Possession of a Firearm related to this case. He is currently incarcerated in Oregon State Prison with a projected release date of 2017.

Douglas was charged and convicted for Attempt Aggravated Murder and Murder related to this case. He is currently incarcerated in Oregon State Prison on a life sentence.

Further investigation led to the development of evidence against Marcus Orozco for Aggravated Murder, Murder, Robbery 1st degree, Burglary 1st degree, and Felon in Possession of Firearm.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, but Gates says he has been able to avoid capture for the past six years.

On Tuesday, Orozco, using the alias Emilio Verdugo, was finally taken into custody in Phoenix, AZ by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Multnomah County will be seeking extradition of Orozco to stand trial for the listed charges.


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Brad ballantyne December 3, 2018 2:50 am (Pacific time)

What's up homie.. Man I got me good. I thought u was really dying. Boy I got punk's.... Look a Damien stay in solid 128 years an he was just driving. But he black so... Wonder if that black lady running shit now would have signed off on this u bein a killer me a Christian and big D just homie with ideals and not a rat.. Yo D love u bro white boy from H.S that tried to flick up wit u on the big yard

Imbalanced Sentencing January 7, 2017 2:40 pm (Pacific time)

If I'm interrupting this article correctly, 3 men are involved in a drug deal/robbery gone wrong. One man ends up dead (rest his soul) .....Orozco gets gets 25 years, Douglas gets life, but pomerenke is already up for release this year. Am I missing something? A man died due to the crimes of all 3 parties. Sentcing should be equal.

Anonymous December 17, 2016 11:12 am (Pacific time)

Marcus is a xxxxing punk. Hate that guy

marcus kelo orozco jr February 13, 2013 3:19 pm (Pacific time)

this is what i have to say is if you guys dont respect my dad f*ck you he is a great man ya he mad bad choices but who doesn't i know he did wrong but i cant look him down cuz all you who talk shit about him forgot one thing none of you would have known him if you wern't doing dirt or some stupid shit to so nut up or shut up punks

Family Friend November 26, 2012 3:30 pm (Pacific time)

Marcus Is a Good Man Yes he did something bad but Everyone makes mistakes nobody is picture perfect and this was a big mistake and i bet regrets what he did. He will learn and when he gets out i know things will change and he will be a better man. I love His son Marcus Jr Is a wonderful son and im very thankful you to be in his life im Watching out for him Mr Orozco

tiffany March 9, 2010 3:03 pm (Pacific time)

I was a friend of the victim, may he RIP. :(

a friend of THE VICTIM August 26, 2009 7:31 pm (Pacific time)

I can only pray that justice is served and the individual (s) who committed this senseless crime, KILLING MY FRIEND JOSH, meet their maker or rot on their way. PERIOD.

son May 28, 2009 3:07 pm (Pacific time)

why are so mean to my dad

just me April 15, 2009 1:56 pm (Pacific time)

This a** deserves the worst. To look at the 3 faces of the men that killed my friend - I hope you all go to hell! - and j - you are dumb. i hope you go to hell too

j June 20, 2008 10:21 am (Pacific time)

I will always be there for you Marcus. I dont care what anyone says. Keep your head up. There are haters! Tu mejor Amiga!

Ms. Told Ya So June 19, 2008 6:17 pm (Pacific time)

Hey Marcus, Karma is a bitch aint it. I always told you the hurt and pain you cause people will come back on you and now you have nothing and no one. How does it feel homeboy?

a freinds friend June 2, 2008 11:57 pm (Pacific time)

I remember one of those guys hitting on me one night... they're all gay.

J February 25, 2008 4:04 pm (Pacific time)

Were is he now? I need to speak to Marcus. I know he did something very bad but I need to speak with him.

from the old school March 20, 2007 9:13 pm (Pacific time)

Marcus deserves what hes gonna get!! He is a woman beater and a wanna be thug!! I guess all his short sacks of chronic he sold didnt make him enough money he had to go and steal from someone else!! Hes nothin but a punk ass low life deadbeat dad!!! Your gonna finally get what you deserve homeboy!!!!

RICK MCHECHEREN March 12, 2007 10:22 am (Pacific time)


who? February 22, 2007 8:09 pm (Pacific time)

Terrance, is your cousin gonna testify against orozco like he did Jeremy and Damion?

Anonymous February 20, 2007 4:51 pm (Pacific time)

I wonder whos going to show up for the prosecution

Anonymous February 5, 2007 1:50 pm (Pacific time)

I grew up with all of them in port.,ore they all deserve to rot in prison for the rest of there lives especially marcus browning or what ever you want to call his fifteen last names.marcus is a crooked petty thief he'll hopefully be someone's little #*@*# in prison.

Terrance February 5, 2007 8:46 am (Pacific time)

Im Jeremy's brother I'm not proud of what he did but I do belive that he's inocent in this case and i hope to see him allot.

Albert Marnell February 4, 2007 7:52 am (Pacific time)

I just love warm climates,(yeah right). Why does the sunbelt attract the worst of the worst? Read what I wrote about Florida in the emergency relief story. Don't forget your sunscreen.

6519 February 4, 2007 7:19 am (Pacific time)

Go to jail, punk.

Anonymous February 4, 2007 4:28 am (Pacific time)

wonder what there sentence is i know one of them

a friend February 2, 2007 2:39 pm (Pacific time)

Another straight gansta locked down...KEEP UR HEAD UP BIG HOMIE..

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