Rape, shooting suspect re-indicted

Police at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 27, 2013, in the area of Northeast 103rd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. (KOIN 6 News)
Police at the scene of a shooting Thursday, June 27, 2013, in the area of Northeast 103rd Avenue and Sandy Boulevard. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A Multnomah County grand jury has secretly re-indicted a 23-year-old man accused of raping a woman in June and then shooting at her as she tried to escape in an SUV in Northeast Portland.

Dechavien Parks is now charged with six counts of attempted aggravated murder, 14 counts of attempted murder, two counts of fourth-degree assault, two counts of strangulation, nine counts of first-degree burglary and one count each of first-degree rape, first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree attempted sodomy, menacing, attempted first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Portland police report that in the early morning hours of June 26, Parks entered the 18-year-old victim’s home, located in the 4800 block of Northeast 103rd Avenue, while several people were sleeping inside, and sexually assaulted her.

The victim eventually got away and attempted to escape the house with her mother in a black SUV. Parks tried to jump onto the back of the vehicle, before letting go and firing a shot, Portland police said.

According to court documents, a female in the home told detectives she was sleeping on a couch when she awoke to find Parks grabbing her hair.

A second woman, the alleged rape victim, told Parks to stop, but he refused and started using profanity. When the victim tried to run upstairs, Parks chased her, pulled her into a bedroom by her hair and then punched and choked her. During the struggle, he allegedly bit her neck and then raped her, documents read. The woman was able to punch Parks in the lip, causing him to bleed.

Eventually, the victim’s mother awoke and ran in to help. Police said the rape victim and her mother pushed Parks down the staircase so hard that he seemed “dazed.” The two then got into an SUV to escape. Parks chased after them, and at one point grabbed onto the vehicle. However, he eventually lost his grip and fell off.

The rape victim, who was driving, went to the end of the block and turned around with the purpose of trying to go back and run over him. However, he pulled out a gun and fired a shot, shattering the SUV’s rear window.

Portland police officers happened to be in the area as the incident was unfolding. The victim saw an officer and flagged him down.

Meanwhile, a witness told police that as Parks was on the ground, he heard him yell “where’s the strap,” which is slang for gun. The witness said that he then saw three other males run over to Parks and hand him a black semi-automatic handgun. As the SUV neared Parks, the witness told police that he fired one round while chanting “Crip, Crip, Crip,” documents read.

A separate witness told police that she heard the disturbance and looked out her window to see Parks shooting. She said she saw Parks and the three other men running through her yard.

Parks was located by police near the crime scene riding a bicycle that had two flat tires. The arresting officer asked Parks what had happened, and Parks claimed that he fallen off his bike.

Police located a shell casing and a live round in the middle of the street along 103rd Avenue, court documents state.

When Portland police detective Todd Teats met with the victim, he noted that she had fresh red marks and scratches on her face and neck, and a swollen lip.

She told investigators that she had never met Parks prior to the alleged attack.

Parks was first arraigned June 28.

He appeared before Judge Eric Bergstrom Wednesday for his new arraignment. A court appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea on all counts. His trial has been set tentatively for Oct. 18, 2013.

Brent Weisberg
Follow on Twitter: @BrentKOIN

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