PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 57-year-old man was arraigned on a grand jury indictment Tuesday for allegedly strangling a woman to death at a Portland care facility in May.
Roger Jones is accused of going into Huyen Cao’s room twice at Cameron Care on Southeast Powell on May 17 before employees found her and called 911. Cao was 46.
He pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail. He’s due back in court on August 5.
Surveillance video shows Jones going into her room, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office said. When authorities talked with Jones about it on July 12, he admitted to choking her while she slept, court documents showed.
Records show Jones has a history of convictions for burglary, forgery, theft, assault, escaping, attempted rape and abuse of a corpse.
In a statement to KOIN 6 News, officials with Cameron Care said:
“Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Ms. Cao. The health and safety of our residents and staff is always our highest priority. These recent developments have been extraordinarily emotional and challenging for everyone at Cameron Care, especially our staff who cared for both Ms. Cao and Mr. Jones every day.
“In May, authorities informed us that Ms. Cao’s passing was from natural causes. At that time, we were given no reason to be concerned for the safety of our residents or staff. We were shocked when Mr. Jones was arrested, as we were not involved in the investigation and had no knowledge of the imminent arrest.
“Cameron Care will continue to work alongside our staff, and county and state partners to ensure our residents get respectful and compassionate care at all of our facilities.”
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