March 8, 2022
Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director
DA Mike Schmidt announces suspect in Dawson Park homicide arraigned, held in custody
PORTLAND, Oregon – Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Joseph Banks, 50, was arraigned for murder in the second degree on Monday, March 7, 2022, in relation to a homicide that took place just last week.
On March 1, a man was shot in broad daylight at Dawson Park in North Portland and pronounced dead at the scene. This was the second homicide to occur in Dawson Park in the last year and the 21st homicide in 2022.
Banks is currently in custody at the Multnomah County Jail. No additional information can be released by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office at this time.
A charging document is only an accusation of a crime. Banks is innocent unless and until proven guilty.