PORTLAND, Ore. – Police have arrested a suspect in the hit-and-run that killed a Portland man last weekend.
Chris Chandler, 34, of Portland, was hit by a car in front of the Goodfoot Pub and Lounge, at Southeast 29th Avenue and Stark Street, around 2 a.m., police said. He was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died.
Employees at Goodfoot, which features local bands, said Chandler was a longtime customer and guitar player who was well-known in the Portland music community. Witnesses said Chandler had been getting into a friend's car after watching a Saturday night concert when he was struck.
Police on Monday said they had found and arrested a suspect. He was identified as 20-year-old suspect Frederick Ryerson, Jr. He was booked into the Multnomah County Jail for felony hit-and-run and was being held on $40,000 bail.
The driver left the scene, with witnesses chasing after the car. Police sent out a description of the car, a white 4-door with out-of-state plates, hoping someone could help identify and capture the driver.
One tip from a community member led them to a car parked at Southeast 20th Avenue and Oak Street on Sunday afternoon. Then officers identified the owner of the car as Ryerson and arrested him, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson with the Portland Police Bureau.
Goodfoot employees said Chandler had attended hundreds of shows there over the years, and it was one of his favorite places to enjoy local music.
"He was very kind, very considerate of other people, would give you anything. He was a giver and a lover," said Chris Chandler's friend Carlton Ward.
Chandler's friends say he was a big part of the blue grass music scene in Portland.
"He just fit in with everybody," said Ward.
Local musicians who knew Chandler held a jam session in his honor Sunday night.
Friends said Chandler loved music, hugs, and most of all the people around him.
"Everybody liked being around him. He always had a smile and a nice hug for everybody. It's just a tragic loss for all of us," Ward said.
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