Police arrest second murder suspect, seeking person of interest
- Mara Stine
- Gresham Outlook - News
Gresham's Richard Lee Travelstead Jr. was shot dead early Thursday
Gresham police have arrested a second murder suspect, who reportedly shot himself in the leg during a fatal shooting at a local trailer park last week.
Matthew T. Moultrie-Elayer, 21, of Gresham is being held without bail on one count of murder at the Justice Center Jail, after being hospitalized for a gunshot wound sustained during the alleged murder.
The victim, Richard Lee Travelstead Jr., 24, was shot and killed in the trailer he called home at 515 S.E. Rene Ave. Later that night, police in Everett, Wash., arrested an initial suspect - identified as Cheyenne Nathaniel Lee Evans, 27 - on one count of murder at about 6 p.m.
Moultrie-Elayer, who lives in the 700 block of Northwest Angeline Ave., was treated for a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his upper, inner thigh at Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center just 15 minutes after the 2:17 a.m. Thursday, April 19, shooting death of Travelstead Jr., of Gresham.
Police arrested Moultrie-Elayer after he was released from the hospital at about 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, said Sgt. Jeff Hansen, a Gresham police spokesman.
According to court records, Moultrie-Elayer told police that Evans gave him a gun when he arrived at the mobile home. But Moultrie-Elayer accidentally shot himself in the leg and ran to the car.
Then the victim's roommate reportedly heard a gunshot, looked outside and saw Moultrie-Elayer running off. Evans allegedly forced his way into the mobile home, asked for the victim and shot him when he appeared in the hallway.
Police are still looking for a person of interest identified as Gregory Alan Walker Jr., 25, whose last known address is in Troutdale. Hansen said Walker might have information that could help detectives investigate the shooting.
Walker is described as a white male, 5-foot-11-inches tall, 145 pounds, with brown eyes and light brown to strawberry colored hair. He may be driving a red 1993 two-door Oldsmobile with an Oregon license plate 680CVS.
He has been known to possess and carry firearms and should not be approached or confronted. Also, he has a criminal history ranging from assault to drug charges in Gresham, Clackamas County and Oregon City, Hansen said.
Evans has a criminal history dating back to his first conviction at age 18, including charges of burglary and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also was released about two weeks ago from a federal penitentiary after serving a sentence on drug-related charges.
Evans and the victim knew each other and were more than casual acquaintances, Hansen said. When asked if the case was gang related, Hansen said, 'We are looking into that possibility … it is something that we're considering,' adding that it hasn't been ruled out.
Evans was living in Gresham after his prison sentence, Hansen said.
Anyone with information about Walker's whereabouts - or about the shooting - is encouraged to call 9-1-1, or the Gresham tip line at 503-618-2719 or 1-888-989-3505.