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Uninvited guest menaces partygoers on Powell

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - After a lengthy standoff, the suspect came out and police took him into custody. After a gunshot rang out, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) East Precinct District Officers swarmed the area of S.E. Powell Boulevard at 53rd Avenue, on the evening of August 4.

“It’s usually pretty quiet around here,” remarked neighbor Perry Williams, who was waiting behind the police line to go back to his residence.

“Some of the people at the triplex near the corner get loud; I think related families live there. But I can’t remember hearing of any shootings or real violence,” Williams told THE BEE.

When police arrived at what witnesses called “a large barbecue party” at the triplex, guests scattered, most of them going into the apartments.

Starting about 10:45 pm police officers could be heard loud-hailing – commanding those in the center unit of the triplex to “come out, and walk toward the sound”. Vehicle traffic on S.E. Powell was shut down as a precaution.

One by one, individuals came out, and were taken into temporary custody by the officers. But, it took repeated calls to get the suspect they were looking for to come out.

Finally, at 11:29 pm, 22-year-old Edward Earl Jones walked toward the officers.

“Jones was arrested, after neighbors reported that he pointed a gun at them after a dispute,” explaind PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Pete Simpson. “The suspect was at an associated house next to the victims’ residence, although Jones does not appear to live there.”

The dispute, Simpson told THE BEE, “was apparently over Jones not being invited to a barbecue at the victim’s residence.”

Jones was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center on one count of Menacing, a Class A Misdemeanor, at 12:50 a\m on August 5, records show – but he was “Released on his own recognizance” later that day.