Homicide: Man, 20, found in Gresham’s Main City Park

James Issei Arrington was 20

James Issei Arrington in a mug shot from October 20, 2016. Arrington, 20, was found dead in a Gresham park, December 10, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)
James Issei Arrington in a mug shot from October 20, 2016. Arrington, 20, was found dead in a Gresham park, December 10, 2016 (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The death of a 20-year-old man whose body was found in a Gresham park Saturday morning is now officially being investigated as a homicide.

James Issei Arrington seen in an undated photo provided by Gresham Police, December 10, 2016
James Issei Arrington seen in an undated photo provided by Gresham Police, December 10, 2016

James Issei Arrington was found face down near the baseball field at Main City Park in Gresham around 9 a.m., Gresham police said. Detectives continue working to piece together exactly what happened.

On Monday, the Oregon State Medical Examiner said Arrington “had been stabbed multiple times,” and officially ruled his death a homicide.

Gresham police said it does not appear to be a random act of violence and there is no immediate risk to the public.

Arrington had been arrested October 20, 2016 in Multnomah County on a DUII and menacing charge.

Neighbors who saw the police activity say it makes them nervous to know a body was found.

“It’s always a little nerve wracking because there’s a large homeless population that hangs out under the covered space over there so we’ve had a couple weird situations, people come knocking on our doors in the middle of the night. Like weird things,” nearby resident Taylor Hacmac said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 503.618.2719.

Gresham Police investigated a suspicious death of a man found at Main City Park on December 10, 2016. (KOIN)
Gresham Police investigated a suspicious death of a man found at Main City Park on December 10, 2016. (KOIN)