Two men involved in shooting death of pregnant woman in Portland sentenced to only 7.5 years and 10 years in prison

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PORTLAND, OR – The Multnomah County District Attorney recently announced that two men were found guilty in connection with the gang-related shooting death of a young pregnant woman, but those two men were only given sentences of 7.5 and 10 years in prison.

On Friday, January 7, 2022, Multnomah County DA Mike Schmidt announced via a press release that De’Anthony Simmons, 27, and Kelani Brown, 29, both pleaded guilty to “Manslaughter in the Second Degree with a Firearm and Burglary First Degree” in relation to the 2014 homicide of pregnant woman Ervaeua Ronchelle Herring.

Herring’s death was directly related to gang activity, as members of the Hoover gang sought retaliation for the shooting of an associate in downtown Portland in 2014.

According to KGW8, after the shooting, several individuals in the Hoover gang drove to an apartment complex in Southeast Portland, looking for DeAndrae Stephens, who was “associated with people involved in the fight.”

As per the Multnomah County DA’s office’s press release, Ervaeua Herring and Stephens had a child together, who was one year old at the time of the shooting.

The press release further reports:

“Six armed gunmen first entered the wrong apartment and threatened the resident and her small children with guns. 

“Realizing their mistake, the gunmen knocked on Herring’s back door and fired approximately 30 shots into the apartment when she came to the door, killing Herring. 

“Investigation revealed gang activity as a common thread between the defendants in this case and Stevens.”

According to Oregon Live, Herring was shot twice in the head as well as “killed by a barrage of bullets fired from at least six different guns through the sliding back door of her Eastwood Village Apartment.”  

She herself was not in a gang.

The DA’s press release also notes that the trial for Simmons and Brown was actually supposed to begin on Monday, January 10, 2022, but that witnesses were fearful to come forward and testify.

In addition, the release reports:

“Stevens was fatally shot two weeks ago in Portland which contributed to further concern and lack of cooperation among critical witnesses.”

After entering his plea, De’Anthony Simmons was sentenced to only 10 years in prison, and Kelani Brown was sentenced to only 7.5 years.

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These light sentences did not sit well with the mother of slain Ervaeua Herring.

According to KATU News:

“Herring’s mother called the sentences a ‘slap on the wrist’ and said Brown and Simmons ruined her grandson’s life, who she said asks about his mother frequently.”

Herring was described by loved ones as “very kind” and as someone who “would help anyone in need.”

An online memorial recalled:

“She loved to laugh and be with all of her family and close friends. She was smart and had a heart of gold.”

Five other defendants have been named in Herring’s killing, according to Oregon Live:

“Latasha Lynn Davis, 25, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder. 

“Tony Lamar Brown, 31, has pleaded guilty to murder, first-degree burglary and unlawful use of a weapon. 

“Geontae Brauchard Jones, 26, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter with a firearm.”

In addition, Jeffrey Lamont Sims, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.

Another defendant, Demetruis Ray Brown, 26, who is also a suspect in another murder, was declared unfit to proceed with trial and has been committed to the Oregon State Hospital.

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Man arrested after multiple kidnapping attempts of children in police-defunded Portland

Originally published December 24, 2021

PORTLAND, OR – A Portland man is in jail facing multiple attempted kidnapping charges that occurred during the month of December.

Thankfully, none of the children he allegedly attempted to kidnap were hurt.

The Portland Police Bureau is reporting that they were able to locate and apprehend a man who allegedly had been attempting to kidnap children in the city.

The suspect, 30-year-old Erick Alexander, was located after an alert citizen recognized his face from images released by the department.

Portland Police released a statement regarding Alexander’s arrest:

“After a brief search, officers found the suspect in the area of Northwest 10th Avenue and Northwest Davis Street.

Erick Alexander, 30, was arrested and charged with Kidnapping in the Second Degree. Detectives have been able to connect Alexander to four other instances, which occurred the day before and the day after the kidnapping.”

Portland Police allege that Alexander began his string of kidnapping attempts on December 14th before 3:30 pm.

On the 14th, they responded to the area of The Fields Park on Overton Street to meet with an unnamed father who reported that Alexander allegedly attempted to kidnap his 6-year-old child.

The father was able to fight Alexander off and ensure his child’s safety while Alexander fled the scene.

Portland officers were able to locate surveillance videos that depicted Alexander nearby while obviously watching something. Still, shots of the video were released to the public in Portland Police’s request for help.

On the 15th, a concerned mother contacted the Portland Police Bureau to report that she had a similar incident as the first reported case.

The mother informed police that she was walking down Northwest Northrup Street on the 14th around 2:30 pm pushing her child in a stroller when a man matching Alexander’s description approached.

The mother said that she noticed Alexander was following her as she walked down the street and she tried to lose him.

However, at some point, she confronted him as to why he was following them, and then he fled on foot. The mother was able to get a quick photograph of him as he walked away from the scene.

In response to this case, Portland Police issued a warning:

“The report increases our concern that this suspect may have been in the neighborhood for a while targeting other victims.”

As detectives with the Portland Police Bureau worked to identify Alexander, they learned of another incident in which he allegedly attempt to take another child, this time on the 15th.

Police responded to Southeast Powell Boulevard and Southeast 125th and met with the mother of a ten-year-old boy.

The mother explained that she was walking with her children just before 6 pm when Alexander allegedly approached them and grabbed her son by the arm.

Alexander began to walk away with the child until the mother realized what was happening and yelled, causing Alexander to let go of the boy and flee on foot.

Thankfully, Alexander was not successful in his many attempts to kidnap young children and no one was hurt.

Alexander was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and was being held on his alleged attempted kidnapping and an unrelated warrant. He was given a $250,000 bond by the first appearance judge.

Got him: Suspect in horrific kidnapping incident caught on Ring camera arrested

Got him: Suspect in horrific kidnapping incident caught on Ring camera arrested

CHARLOTTE, NC- According to authorities, a man has been arrested and charged in a kidnapping that was recorded on a video doorbell early in the morning on Wednesday, December 15th. 

The arrest of 32-year-old Louis Lamontrez Meadows, comes after a doorbell camera video showed a violent kidnapping in Charlotte’s Sheffield Park neighborhood.

During a news conference on Wednesday, December 15th, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Captain Joel McNelly said in a statement:

“It is a violent attack. It is imperative that people see this and help identify the people.”

 

The video, recorded by a doorbell camera and shared by police, shows a person, who has not been publicly identified, banging on a door for help before being pulled down from behind and dragged away towards a waiting car.

The attack did not wake the homeowners or nearby neighbors, but police said it appears that the person was seriously injured. 

Police said the incident occurred around 3 a.m., but the owners of the camera, who live near the site if the incident did not see the video until 8:20 a.m. They immediately contacted authorities.

The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, said that when she opened her front door shortly before 7:30 a.m., she found a red wig and a black house slipper in the front yard. The woman recalled:

“And I said, ‘Hmm, let me check the cameras.”

She said she was horrified by what she saw when she checked the video on her Ring app, adding:

“[It’s] scary! Scary because I don’t know what’s going on.”

The video began with a woman running to the front door of the home yelling for help.

She got to the door and started to bang, but a second later, the man pursuing her caught up to her.

He grabbed the women, violently pulled her away from the door and hurled her to the ground.

 

The video then shows the suspect, Meadows, punching the victim at least 10 times in the head and face area, continuing to deliver blows even after he began dragging her away from the house.

In the video, the woman can be heard screaming, but police confirmed that none of the neighbors heard the incident.

The video showed the kidnapper drag the woman away from the house toward a car that was waiting at the curb. Police said the car appeared to be a silver Honda Fit.

Before finding and arresting the suspect, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) said in a statement:

“Detectives believe that the victim has sustained injuries that need immediate medical treatment due to this assault and kidnapping.”

The suspect, Meadows, and the victim were located on Thursday, December 16th. The female victim was transported by police to a safe location.

Investigators have determined Meadows and the victim knew each other and believe this was a domestic violence situation, however, there is no connection between the pair and the people who lived at the home where the video was captured.

Reportedly, at the time of the incident, Meadows had outstanding arrest warrants on other charges. Now, he has been charged with first-degree kidnapping and assault on a female. 

Investigators credit information from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and community assistance with helping both to identify and locate Meadows and the victim. 

 

Anti-domestic violence advocates say that in dangerous situations like this, oftentimes the hardest part is attempting to get away. Denise Davis, director of domestic violence services at Turning Point, Inc., said:

“The most serious time and lethal time is when victims are trying to leave. The abusers are losing that control and they don’t want to lose that control.”

The investigation remains ongoing. The public can leave information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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