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