June 1 incident was gang related, officials say
by: Contributed photo Jesse Barto, left, and Christina Burshia.

Portland police arrested a Southeast Portland man on allegations connected to a two-car crash near Southeast 163rd Avenue and Division Street early Wednesday, June 1.

The incident began with a 2:38 a.m. 9-1-1 call reporting the sound of a speeding vehicle and gunshots being fired, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police Bureau spokesman.

Officers arrived and found two vehicles that had been in a crash, but found no gunshot victims. Those involved had fled the scene.

Investigators determined that the case was not a road-rage incident, but was part of an ongoing dispute between several parties, Simpson said. In addition, someone in one of the vehicles fired shots at the other vehicle.

The next day at 2:21 a.m. Thursday, June 2, police arrested Jesse L. Barton, 25, of Southeast Portland on an allegation of first-degree attempted assault for allegedly intentionally crashing a vehicle into another car. He is being held on $100,000 bail at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

On Friday, June 3, police arrested a woman who was in the car with him at the time of the crash. Christina L. Burshia, 29, a transient, is being held without bail on aggravated identity theft warrants at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail.

Police believe the crash and shooting are gang related, Simpson said. The incident is still under investigation and more arrests are possible, particularly related to the shooting.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call Detective Anthony Merrill at 503-823-2092.

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