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Three arrested in Tigard homicide inevstigation

Estranged wife, two others, charged with murder.


MolinaFive months ago, Luis Alberto Aguilar-Estrada was found dead in his Tigard apartment.

Last week, police arrested his estranged wife, her boyfriend and an acquaintance in his death.

Mariah Lynn Molina, Brennan Chance Surface and Charlz Laverne Warbonnet were arrested on murder charges May 11. Police said that his death was likely related to a child custody dispute between Aguilar-Estrada and Molina.

The body of Aguilar-Estrada, 26, of Tigard, was hadn't been seen by friends or family for a few daysfound at his home in the Pacific Village apartments, 9655 S.W. McKenzie St., at about 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, by a family member.

According to Tigard Police spokesman Jim Wolf, Aguilar-Estrada hadn't been seen by friends or family for a few days prior to his death.

Aguilar-Estrada has been shot in the head at close range, police said.

Molina, who lived in Fairview at the time of her arrest, had been investigated by the Department of Human Services, Wolf said. Aguilar-Estrada’s children were taken from Molina the week before Aguilar-Estrada’s death.

SurfaceDHS claimed that Molina was neglecting the children, Wolf said. According to police, Molina lied to DHS investigators to keep Aguilar-Estrada from taking custody of the children. Wolf said that Molina claimed Aguilar-Estrada had never been involved with the children and was living in Mexico.

When Aguilar-Estrada learned of the deception, Wolf said he threatened Molina that he would contact DHS to expose her and seek custody of the children.

In response, Wolf said, Molina enlisted the help of her boyfriend, Surface, 22, of Portland and friend Warbonnet, 20, of Portland.

According to Wolf, the trio drove to Aguilar-Estrada’s home in Tigard on the evening of Dec. 14 on a stakeout. Then, in the early morning hours of Dec. 15, Surface and Warbonnet allegedly entered the victim's apartment and murdered Aguilar-Estrada, Wolf said.

A Washington County Grand Jury indicted all three on murder charges.

Molina is being held at the Washington County Jail. Both Surface and Warbonnet had been previously arrested on unrelated warrants. Surface is being held at the Multnomah County Jail and WarbonnetWarbonnet is in custody in the Jackson County Jail.


Accomplices face serious charges elsewhere

Less than a month after Surface allegedly killed Aguilar-Estrada, he allegedly tried to kill two other people near Portland's Pier Park.

On Jan. 8, 2016 — 24 days after Aguilar-Estrada’s death — prosecutors say that Surface shot at Cody Goines, 18, and his mother, Raychel Porter, as they sat in an SUV near the park.

Police said that the shooting was gang related.

Surface was arrested for that shooting in August. He is being held in Multnomah County Jail on two counts of attempted murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance. He has not yet been arraigned in the death of Aguilar-Estrada.

Warbonnet was arrested in Medford in March on charges of possession of methamphetamine and three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm.

Aguilar-Estrada’s death was one of several violent crimes reported in Tigard in 2015. The deadliest year in Tigard’s history, Aguilar-Estrada’s death was the fourth homicide that year.

In January 2015, police arrested Orlando Pouncey for allegedly murdering his girlfriend's ex-husband outside her home. Pouncey was found guilty of murder earlier this month.

In March 2015, Nicholas Krochmal Jr. was arrested after he allegedly bound his father with ropes, then beat him to death in his childhood home. Krochmal’s trial is set for September.

In July, Seth Cramer Truby was found shot to death outside a home near Tigard High School. No arrests have been made and that investigation remains open.

In addition, Tigard Police investigators made an arrest in a 1999 cold case. Luis Hernandez-Diaz is accused of stabbing his girlfriend Maria Garcia-Leonardo to death outside a Tigard Burger King on Feb. 12, 1999. He was arrested in Mexico.


By Geoff Pursinger
Assistant Editor
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