Northeast Portland

One of three suspects in Portland Spirit shooting arrested

One of three suspects in Portland Spirit shooting arrested
Jajuan Latrell Yoakum

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland police officers arrested one of three men they said is responsible for shooting several people waiting to get on the Portland Spirit in August.

The shooting happened late on the night of August 24 as hundreds of people, including many gang members, lined up to get onto the ship for a private party, a police spokesman said.

According to Sgt. Pete Simpson, Jajuan Latrell Yoakum and two other unidentified men approached the line in Waterfront Park and confronted several people.

Yoakum and the two other suspects fired shots and hit three men, Simpson said. The three victims were taken to the hospital and survived their injuries.

Detectives working the case said they identified Yoakum as a suspect and on Tuesday decided they had enough evidence to arrest him.

They called in the police bureau’s Special Emergency Reaction Team, which is analogous to a SWAT team. SERT officers surprised Yoakum as he walked down a North Portland street on Tuesday afternoon and arrested him.

Officers said he had a handgun and some crack cocaine on him, according to Simpson.

Detectives have not yet identified the other two suspects. They are both black men in their early 20s of medium height and weight. Both were wearing all white clothes during the shooting.

Jajuan Yoakum comes from a family with several gang connections. His father, James “Lonnie” Yoakum was a drug kingpin who was arrested in 2009 to great fanfare.

He was later convicted of running a drug distribution ring that used Yam Yam’s restaurant in Northeast Portland as a front.

Simpson said Jajuan’s brother Lonnell George is also wanted for shooting and killing a man at a Northeast Portland gas station in the middle of the afternoon this past March.

Anyone with information about the Portland Spirit shooting can contact Detective Todd Gradwahl at (503) 823-2056 or todd.gradwahl@portlandoregon.gov; or, Detective Meghan Burkeen at (503) 823-2092 or Meghan.burkeen@portlandoregon.gov.

KATU's Dan Tilkin contributed to this report