Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Woman charged in Portland prostitution-linked killing


Some alarming facts out of the article about Donyel Hormats (the accused) who was arrested 2 nights prior for prostitution:

"Investigators say Richardson (the deceased) either was trying to pimp Hormats, or give her trouble for competing with women he was pimping on the avenue. Hormats had been arrested two nights earlier, at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday at Southeast 84th Avenue and Yamhill Street. She was accused of attempted prostitution and prostitution procurement.

Richardson, a Los Angeles native, had prior felony convictions. On June 20, Gresham police stopped him after he allegedly threatened another man with a gun near the MAX platform at Southeast 181st Avenue and Burnside. They seized a .357 revolver from him. Police reports say he had the gun tucked behind his back in his waistband. He was accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a firearm. On July 30, he bailed himself out of jail and was on pretrial supervision. He had convictions for third-degree escape, third-degree robbery and second-degree theft."

This is another tragic example of how our streets have become caught up in a turf war now that the PFZ is gone. How many more killings/ retaliations will happen until the city puts into effect some immediate emergency measures - in addition to the long term "real solutions" that need to be funded and enforced?

1 comment:

Karen said...

Mayor Potter and Mr Leonard,

Please wake up and realize the severity of this issue. It is a turf war now, is it going to have to take a stray bullet hitting an innocent neighbor for you to realize how dire theings have become in less than a year?

Thank you,