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Murder suspect jailed after Washington robbery, car jacking

Matthew Reyes recently lived near Beaverton but was wanted for murder in Klamath Falls


REYESA man who at least briefly lived near Beaverton and was the prime suspect in a Klamath Falls murder earlier this month is now behind bars in Washington.

Matthew Dean Reyes, 26, along with a female accomplice, allegedly pistol-whipped a man during a home invasion robbery near the small community of Cougar, Wash., east of Woodland, according to the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

Reyes also is accused of car-jacking a vehicle from another area resident at gunpoint before leading police on a chase.

Officers were able to stop Reyes just outside of Woodland and take him into custody without further incident. Cowlitz and Clark County Sheriff’s deputies, a Woodland Police Department office and the Washington State Patrol all were involved in the case.

Officers also captured his companion, Kareesa M. Dean, 31, address unknown.

In the vehicle, police found an airsoft pistol believed to have been used in both the home invasion and car jacking incidents, the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office reported.

In that county in southwestern Washington, Cowlitz County, Reyes is charged with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count each of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, attempting to elude and being a fugitive from justice in the Klamath Falls murder case.

Cowlitz County Prosecutor Ryan Jurvakainen told The Daily News newspaper in Longview that charges there likely will be settled before Reyes is returned to Klamath County to face prosecution in the murder case.

For that homicide, Reyes was wanted on charges of murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon after he was identified as the suspect in the death of Rick William Aston, 57, who was found dead in a Klamath Falls motel room shortly after midnight Jan. 3 after he had been cut in the neck.

Reports have indicated that Reyes and Aston had a dispute over noise the night of Jan. 2.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge earlier this month told the Beaverton Valley Times that Reyes was a “frequent flyer” in the Southern Oregon community’s criminal justice system.

He went to prison last year after pleading guilty to a late 2013 vehicle theft. After his release last June, he registered with his parole officer using an address near Beaverton, according to a state Department of Corrections official. He is not charged with crimes in Washington County.

In the Cowlitz County case, Reyes’ alleged accomplice, Dean, is charged with one count each of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary and two counts each of theft of a motor vehicle.