Gang torture chamber discovered, court documents allege

One victim injected with heroin, meth; second victim shot two times, court documents allege

David Bartol seen in two different booking photos. On the left, Bartol is seen in a Marion County Jail. On the right, the 44-year-old is under Multnomah County detainment. (Marion County Jail/Multnomah County Jail)
David Bartol seen in two different booking photos. On the left, Bartol is seen in a Marion County Jail. On the right, the 44-year-old is under Multnomah County detainment. (Marion County Jail/Multnomah County Jail)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A 44-year-old man was arraigned Monday on allegations he intentionally tried to kill a man by maiming and torture, court records show.

The indictment against David Ray Bartol alleges that on December 21, 2012, he tried to cause the death of Nicholas Remington. Authorities also allege that during the incident, Bartol used and threatened the use of a firearm. Steven H. Gorham, Bartol’s defense attorney, allowed a Multnomah County Circuit Court judge to enter a plea of not guilty on Bartol’s behalf, but Gorham said he reserved his client’s right to enter a plea at a later date. He said he was unable to comment on the case at this time.

Court documents allege Bartol is a member of the street and prison gang called “Krude Rude Brood.”

Remington, according to the court documents, was taken to an auto body shop in the 8400 block of SE Powell Boulevard by Bartol, where he was “secretly confined” for the “purpose of terrorizing.”

Court records show the auto body shop is “a location where ‘Brood’ gang members work, hang out and conduct drug transactions.”

Court documents show that Remington was stripped, tortured with a grinder, beaten with a baseball bat and injected with methamphetamine and heroin inside the shop. Afterward, Remington was dumped in the street less than a mile from the auto body shop, court documents state.

When Remington was found, he was not breathing, court documents state. He was rushed to OHSU, where doctors placed him on a ventilator and treated him for a heroin overdose and serious head injury, court documents state.

Bartol, who is in the temporary custody of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, has a pending aggravated murder case in Marion County because he is accused of killing another inmate inside the jail.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said in 2013 that Bartol used a homemade weapon and stabbed Gavin Lee Siscel. The 33-year-old man died six days later at Oregon Health & Science University. Court records show Bartol entered a not guilty plea Dec. 4, 2014. If convicted of aggravated murder, a jury could sentence Bartol to death.

(Left to right) Joseph Gerald Schwab, Michael Philip Donald O’Malley, Michael Newcomb and David Ray Bartol shown in jail booking photos. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office).
(Left to right) Joseph Gerald Schwab, Michael Philip Donald O’Malley, Michael Newcomb and David Ray Bartol shown in jail booking photos. (Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office).

When he was being questioned by detectives with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Bartol told investigators that around Christmas 2012, he had killed Remington, court documents state. Bartol told a detective that Remington had “snitched” on him, so Bartol “put cigarettes out in his ear,” “duct taped him up,” and “poured gas on him,” court documents state.

Bartol told investigators he had planned to shoot Remington, but Remington overdosed on the drugs “so he rolled him up in a blanket and dumped his body behind a business,” court documents state.

Bartol is also facing a separate indictment that accuses him and three other men of multiple felonies as part of an ongoing white supremacy gang and shooting investigation. Police said the incident occurred Feb. 12, 2013 at the same auto body shop as the Dec. 21, 2012 incident.

In that case, Bartol is accused of forcing the victim, identified by police as Ronald Murphy, into a spray booth inside the auto body shop. Inside, he was “tortured, robbed, beaten and shot twice before being dumped on Southeast Powell Boulevard.” Prosecutors, in court documents, claim Murphy almost died as a result of the injuries and has “serious permanent injuries.”

During the questioning with MCSO, Bartol told investigators he was trying to get information out of Murphy and when he was unable, Bartol said he “blew his side out with a .380,” court documents state. Bartol said he attempted to shoot Murphy a second time because he thought he missed, court documents state.

On Friday, Gorham, Bartol’s defense attorney, filed a motion to have his client dress in civilian clothing for the trail and any public court appearances. In court documents, Gorham said it will “severely affect” Bartol’s right to a fair trial if he is seen in jail clothing.

Bartol is scheduled to be in court again April 3, 2015.

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