Arizona man arrested in 2001 murder in LO
- Lee van der Voo
- Lake Oswego Review - News
An Arizona man was arrested Jan. 30 on a warrant stemming from a six-year-old homicide in Lake Oswego, possibly closing the case on the murder of Joshua Lane Toomey, 25, who was shot in his Mountain Park apartment Feb. 12, 2001.
At the time of his death, police say Toomey was in possession of more than 60 pounds of marijuana. He allegedly sold the drug by the pound, police say, through connections with an Asian gang known as the Red Cobras. An investigation by the Multnomah County Major Crimes Team - which includes Lake Oswego detectives - suggested four accomplices organized a plan to rob Toomey of money and the drugs.
Toomey was shot in the chest during the alleged robbery, and four suspects fled his apartment on McNary Parkway while engaging in a gun battle with an associate.
Jeremy William Pomerenke, 32; Damien Deshawn Douglas, 32; Marcus Kelo Orozco, 32; and a fourth man, whom police have not identified, all were implicated in the investigation.
Orozco avoided capture until Jan. 30, when he was arrested in Maricopa County, Arizona, on a warrant stemming from the case. He is charged with aggravated murder, murder, robbery, burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is currently in the custody of Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona.
Both Pomerenke and Douglas have since been tried and convicted on charges related to the case. Pomerenke was charged and convicted of robbery, attempted assault, burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He is currently incarcerated in Oregon State Correctional Institution with a projected release date of 2017.
Douglas was charged and convicted of attempted aggravated murder and murder related to this case. He is currently incarcerated in Oregon State Correctional Institution on a life sentence.
Multnomah County is seeking extradition of Orozco to stand trial for charges related to Toomey's death.