Murder suspect arrested for September shooting

Felauai Satele is accused of killing 45-year-old Michael Scott Hoven on September 23

Felauai Satele in a mugshot from a previous arrest in July. (CCSO)
Felauai Satele in a mugshot from a previous arrest in July. (CCSO)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Police have identified a suspect who they say is connected to the shooting death of a 45-year-old man in Southeast Portland.

KOIN 6 News has confirmed that Felaua’i Satele, 38, is charged with one count of murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon in the death of Michael Scott Hoven.

Hoven’s body was found September 23 in the 1700 block of Southeast 162nd Avenue. Satele was arrested Thursday after Vancouver Police contacted him on a prowler call and learned he had a warrant for murder.

Investigators say Hoven had been shot multiple times, and they consider his death to be a homicide.

A motive has not been publicly released, but officials earlier confirmed that the residence had been home to marijuana growers.

Satele does not appear to have a criminal record in Oregon. A background check only revealed traffic related offenses.

At the time of Hoven’s death, officers said that two people, a male and a female, ran from the scene.

Satele was charged in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday, Oct. 3. He is being held in the Clark County Jail and will await extradition to Oregon.

Anyone with information Satele or Hoven’s death is asked to call Detective Bryan Steed at 503-823-0395, bryan.steed@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Michele Michaels at 503-823-0692, michele.michaels@portlandoregon.gov.