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Murder suspect charged with killing aunt

Photo Credit: COURTESY KOIN 6 NEWS - Teddy Stivahtis in a court appearance on bank robbery charges. He has also been charged with killing his aunt, Deanna Stivahtis, in Gresham on Oct. 10.Accused killer and bank robbery suspect Teddy Stivahtis, Jr., 36, has been charged with aggravated murder for the death of his aunt, Deanna Stihvatis, 70.

Portland police took him Stivahtis into custody without incident after contacting him at the Burlingame Fred Meyer on Southwast Barbur Boulevard at around 3:45 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Teddy Stivahtis is accused of killing his aunt in her mobile home in Gresham on Oct. 10. Deanna Stivahtis' green Dodge Caravan that he stole after the homicide was also located on Oct. 23 by the Forest Grove Police Department. The officer who responded to a call of a suspicious, abandoned minivan in the 1700 block of 21st Ave. realized the vehicle was wanted in connection to the Gresham homicide and immediately called detectives.

Teddy Stivahtis is also charged with robbing banks in the Lake Grove area of Lake Oswego and in Canby.

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