Woman arrested for interfering with grange hall shooting investigation

Police say they're frustrated with lack of cooperation on all accounts, including from victim's family
by: Contributed photo, Maria A. Arellano

More than half a year after a fatal shooting at a local grange hall, police have arrested a woman for interfering with the investigation.

At about noon on Wednesday, April 30, detectives from Multnomah and Clackamas county sheriff's offices arrested Maria A. Arellano, 24, at her home in Canby.

She faces five counts of hindering prosecution. Arellano posted $2,500 of her $25,000 bond and was released the same day.

Deputy Travis Gullberg, spokesman for the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, said he couldn't specify how she hindered prosecution because the case is still being investigated.

He did say Arellano is connected to those involved or those who knew about the shooting. Ironically, she also was a reserve officer with the Aurora Police Department but has since resigned, he added.

The charges stem from an ongoing homicide investigation dating back to Saturday, Oct. 6.

Fernando Gutierrez-Bustos, 26, of Vancouver was fatally shot during a dance and concert at the Pleasant Valley Grange Hall in the 17100 block of Southeast Foster Road shortly after 4 a.m.

Two other young men also were shot but sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Gullberg said detectives are frustrated by the case due to a lack of cooperation they've received from witnesses, even the victim's own family.

Anyone with information about the shooting is encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 503-940-7997.