August 2, 2023
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt today announced that a grand jury indicted Ramond Andrew Lawrence, 32, on three charges related to a recent homicide in Northeast Portland:
- Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm
- Unauthorized Use of a Weapon with a Firearm
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm with a Firearm
On March 15, 2023, officers from the Port of Portland Police Department and the Portland Police Bureau responded to a shooting at the Embassy Suites hotel, located at 7900 NE 82nd Avenue. The East County Major Crimes Team was activated to conduct an investigation.
Upon review of the evidence provided by law enforcement, Deputy DA Brian Davidson presented the case to a Grand Jury, which returned a true bill of indictment on July 27. The charges Lawrence was indicted on relate to the death of victim Teonjenique Elizabeth Lashay Hudson Howard. The investigation is ongoing in relation to the second victim.
Lawrence is currently in custody at the Multnomah County Inverness Jail, and his next court appearance is scheduled for August 24.
A charging instrument is only an accusation of a crime. Lawrence is innocent unless and until proven guilty.