PORTLAND, Ore. – A woman was found dead and a man was taken into custody about five hours after police responded to a disturbance in a Southeast Portland apartment early Monday.
Robert L. West, 28, faces one count of murder.
East Precinct officers responded to the scene about 2:40 a.m. after reports of a domestic situation, and say a relative called police, concerned about a woman and a man at the Alderwood Court Apartments, located near Southeast 174th Avenue and Alder Street.
Police believed West assaulted the woman overnight, and then refused to come outside.
The Portland Police Bureau Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) and Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) then responded. When officers entered the apartment, they found the woman, 26-year-old Lila F. Streeter, dead.
The Oregon State Medical Examiner determined Streeter died of homicidal violence.
From Portland police:
Domestic violence is among the most frequent and serious forms of violent crime investigated by police. If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue, help is available.
The Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL) provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. The PWCL 24 hour crisis line can be reached at 503-235-5333 or 1-888-235-5333.
Additional web based resources are available from the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator's office: http://web.multco.us/dv
The Portland Police Bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit (DVRU) provides officers and detectives with specialized training in the dynamics of domestic violence. This unit also operates jointly with Multnomah County's Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) on "high-lethality" cases of domestic violence (those cases with warning signs associated with the most severe and life-threatening cases of domestic violence.).