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Gang shooting suspects arrested in Utah
Drew Tama Morrison and Chester Pedro Archuletta arraigned in Multnomah County on Tuesday
Two suspects in a 2011 gang-related shooting were recently extradited from Utah and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.
Drew Tama Morrison, 20, and Chester Pedro Archuletta, 25, have been charged with two counts of robbery in the first degree, two counts of attempted murder, and four counts of attempted aggravated murder.
Morrison and Archuletta are accused of robbing two men of marijuana on Sept. 21, 2011, then shooting in the area of Northeast 107th Avenue and Oregon Street, where a car and a residence were hit by gunfire.
Morrison and Archulett fled town after the incident. Portland Police Bureau Gang Enforcement Team detectives learned they might be in Utah and traveled to Salt Lake City on Oct. 1, 2011, where they worked with the Taylorsville Police Department, the Utah Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service to locate and arrest the them.
Morrison is from Taylorsville, Utah. Archuletta is from Boise Idaho.
"This investigation shows that gang members and gang crime knows no borders. These arrests would not have been possible without the tireless investigation by our detectives and the cooperation from Utah law enforcement officers," says Portland Police Bureau Assistant Chief of Investigations Eric Hendricks.