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Woman Wanted For ‘Execution-Style Murder’ Captured After Trying To Evade Authorities
Kassandra Kitchens was the last of five people charged in connection with the 2021 murder of Andrew Sherrell.
What started as a routine police stop turned into a pursuit that ended with the arrest of a woman wanted for murder.
On Thursday, Kassandra Kitchens, 26, was captured after an East Precinct officer became suspicious of the driver of a pickup truck and attempted to pull them over, according to the Portland Police Bureau. Although the press release didn’t specify how the officer established probable cause to merit a traffic stop, Kitchens allegedly tried to flee from the scene before jumping out of the vehicle.
Police utilized canines and an air support unit to track Kitchens. They recovered the vehicle and learned it was stolen before finally arresting Kitchens for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and attempt to elude by vehicle, according to police. She was booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center.
Officers learned Kitchens was wanted on a number of charges connected to a September 2021 murder. She was named “Most Wanted” with Crime Stoppers of Oregon.
Kitchens was allegedly involved in the “execution-style murder” of Andrew Sherrell, 35, according to a statement from the Gresham Police Department. A Multnomah County grand jury indicted Kitchens last December before she became a fugitive who was “actively avoiding capture,” police said. Kitchens faced half a dozen charges, including second-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, and crimes related to assault and conspiracy to deliver Oxycodone.
Kitchens was the last of five people to be arrested in connection to Sherrell’s murder, according to police. The other suspects include Cesar Estrada-Nava, 31, D’Sean Maurice Baker, 43, Andrew Bushnell, 36, and Christian Joshua Wobbe, 23.
Estrada-Nava and Baker were also charged with murder, according to CBS affiliate KOIN 6. Bushnell and Wobbe were indicted on charges related to kidnapping and assault.
Detectives said they learned Andrew Sherrell was involved in selling illegal drugs, alluding to a possible motive behind why he was murdered and left on the side of a road on Sept. 24.
“The investigation found he was the target of a kidnapping and execution-style murder because of a drug debt, with several suspects conspiring to commit the felonious acts,” said police. “He was bound at the hands, assaulted, and driven from downtown Portland to the location of the eventual homicide scene in Gresham, where he was killed and left on the side of the road.”
A multitude of agencies joined forces to investigate the murder of Sherrell, who was reportedly found face-down with a single gunshot wound to the head, according to KOIN. Witnesses reported Sherrell’s body was partially in the roadway when police responded to the scene at around 9:45 p.m., as per Oregon Live.
Agencies involved in the search for Kitchens included the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, and more, according to the Gresham Police Department.
Jail records indicate Kitchens is being held without bail on two charges of second-degree murder. It’s unclear whether she has retained legal representation and when she is expected in court.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det. Aaron Turnage at 503-823-3333.