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Murder suspect also accused of multiple robberies

Police say two men linked to incidents in Troutdale, Gresham and Portland
by: Contributed photo Jimmie Sanders-Garcia, left, and Jamie Smith.

Two men - including one recently indicted for the murder of a 14-year-old boy - are being held on nearly $5 million bail in connection to a string of armed robberies, including those in Gresham and Troutdale.

Jamiel Lewis Smith, 22, of East Multnomah County and Jimmie Ray Sanders-Garcia, 20, of Portland each are being held on six counts of first-degree robbery and 13 counts of second-degree robbery at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail and the Multnomah County Detention Center, respectively.

Sanders-Garcia also is being held without bail on accusations of murder, attempted murder, attempted aggravated murder, unlawful use of a weapon and being a felon in possession of a firearm for the April 18 shooting of Shiloh Hampton, 14, of Portland at the corner of Northeast 11th Avenue and Multnomah Street as the boy was leaving the Lloyd Center mall with a group of friends.

The boy later died of his injuries.

Witnesses reported hearing as many as 16 gunshots and seeing a white, late 1980s Mercedes with tinted windows, chrome rims and a lowered body flee the scene.

Last month, Sanders-Garcia was indicted for the murder.

In addition, Sanders-Garcia was indicted on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm in the robbery cases.

Police suspect the men are responsible for five armed robberies dating back to January, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, Portland Police Bureau spokesman.

The robberies include:

• Jan. 12, Hilton's Haven, 21415 S.E Stark St., Gresham.

• Jan. 15, Dotty's Deli, 27054 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale.

• Jan. 23, parking lot of the Checkered Flag, 7483 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland.

• March 2, Ed's Deli, 3534 S.E. 52nd Ave., Portland.

• March 28, Shamrock Bar and Grill, 4919 S.E. 82nd Ave., Portland.

Police arrested both men on May 12, and a Multnomah County grand jury indicted them on robbery charges May 20, Simpson said.

'These cases were solved, in part, due to the cooperation of witnesses and tips from the community,' he added.