Suspect in Vancouver double homicide arrested in Portland

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian Breaking News Reporter



Arkangel D. Howard

Police officers and U.S. Marshals have arrested a man suspected of killing two in east Vancouver March 19.

The Vancouver Police Department said agents with the Marshals Service and Portland Police Bureau officers located and arrested Arkangel D. Howard, 31, in Portland Thursday.

Tactical officers and marshals responded in the Portsmouth Neighborhood of North Portland earlier Thursday, and took Howard into custody without incident, according to the Portland police.

Vancouver detectives then interviewed Howard, and he was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a warrant accusing him of two counts of first-degree murder.

Howard is suspected of killing two men from the Portland area: Allen J. Collins, 37, and Jason D. Benton, 42.

Officers and paramedics were called to a house in the 1500 block of Northeast 140th Avenue for a report of gunfire and found the two men shot dead, police said.

The Vancouver police said Howard will be brought to Clark County to face charges.

The investigation is ongoing, police said, and the department asked anyone with information related to the case to contact Detective Barb Knoeppel at 360-487-7436 or Detective Lawrence Zapata at 360-487-7420.