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18 Sep 2014
Suspect arrested in stabbing death
Police have arrested a suspect in a mysterious stabbing death in early April.
Shawn Michael Sanchez, 41, is charged with Murder and Burglary in the First Degree. He is accused in the stabbing death of Victor "Todd" Howell, 44.
According to police, the investigation started at 9:11 a.m. on Sunday, April 6, when East Precinct officers responded to Portland Adventist Medical Center on the report that a man arrived by private car, suffering from a stab wound.
Officers arrived at the hospital and learned that the victim, Howell, died after medical staff was unable to save him.
Homicide detectives responded to the hospital and began a homicide investigation. The Oregon State Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and determined that Howell died of a stab wound.
In the early morning hours of April 7, detectives served a search warrant at 14630 Southeast Caruthers Street in connection with this investigation and believe that it is the location of the stabbing.
During the course of the investigation, detectives learned of Sanchez' identity and developed probable cause to arrest him for murder. He was arrested on the evening of Thursday, April 24.