Alleged serial killer of homeless women arrested in Portland, OR

Tom Boland (
Tue, 20 Jul 1999 10:12:44 -0700 (PDT)
FWD  Associated Press - July 19, 8:33 p.m. ET

AP News Service
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Police have arrested a produce worker on charges he
strangled three homeless women, killings that frightened transients
throughout the city.  

Todd Alan Reed, 32, was arrested at Rinella Produce late Sunday and charged
with aggravated murder.  

``There's a certain fear and undercurrent when something like this is going
on,'' said police spokeswoman Sgt. Cheryl Kanzler. ``Now, the community and
the police bureau can breathe a sigh of  relief.''  

Reed is accused of killing Lilla Moler, 28; Stephanie Russell, 26; and
Alexandria Ison, 17.  

The investigation will continue, since police are still trying to determine
if there are more victims or evidence in Forest Park, the sprawling wooded
recreation area where the bodies were found that is heavily used by
joggers, bicyclists and hikers.  

The three victims lived on the street. They were drug users, and two were
involved in prostitution.  

``It was a certain lifestyle this man was targeting,'' Kanzler said.  

Police would not say exactly what led to Reed's arrest or what evidence
they had on him. Officers searched his house and car.  

Fred Pittman, manager of Rinella Produce, said Reed minded his own business
and was a good worker.  

``It's a shocker to us, of course,'' Pittman said.  

A court hearing was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.


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