St. Johns neighbors link murder suspect to rash of crimes


Neighbors say the 3 teens who are facing murder charges committed several other crimes

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Three teens are facing murder charges after a man was killed in Portland’s St. Johns neighborhood and neighbors think at least one of them was also involved in a rash of other crimes.

Ricky Malone Sr, 65, was found dead in the street from a gunshot wound at North Mohawk Avenue and Hendricks Street in the early morning hours of Oct. 14.

Three teens — two 15-year-olds and one 14-year-old — are accused of murdering him. They appeared in court on Friday.

Several people in North Portland told KOIN 6 News one of those teens was damaging property and harassing neighbors before and after Malone’s murder.

Home surveillance captured three teens accused of a rash of crimes in the St. Johns neighborhood, Oct. 25, 2019. (Courtesy of Dwayne Hawkins)

Penny Luening was away from home when a group of three teens allegedly threw a beer bottle through a window, leaving a mess of shattered glass on Oct. 15 — the day after Malone was killed.

Home security video taken by her neighbor Dwayne Hawkins showed the teens go toward the house. He said he heard the glass break and ran after them. Police arrested the group a short time later.

Home surveillance captured three teens accused of a rash of crimes in the St. Johns neighborhood, Oct. 25, 2019. (Courtesy of Dwayne Hawkins)

Luening said prosecutors told her one of the boys involved in the vandalism is facing charges in Malone’s murder.

“It is pretty frightening and I feel sorry for the boy,” Luening said. “He is only 14 and what kind of a life is he going to have.”

Last week, another St. Johns neighbor named Stephanie shared a video she took at the Diamond Nails Salon where, she said, a group of teens got violent with employees as they left the salon without paying.

“My concern is someone is going to be seriously or fatally hurt,” Stephanie said at the time.

KOIN 6 News followed up with Stephanie on Friday after she appeared in court. She said she recognized the 14-year-old boy charged with murder.

“I was right there in the salon when it all took place for the video and it’s him,” she said. “I’ll be going to court but they did say my video and my pictures were some of the best evidence that they have of some of the problem.”

Neighbors said they will continue to hold meetings to discuss the rash of crimes that are happening in the area and they hope to work with police to build a case against other potential suspects.

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