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Second suspect facing murder charge in Clark County Det. Brown’s death

Brother of alleged shooting suspect is accused of driving the getaway vehicle

By , Columbian staff writer
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Abran Raya Leon, the alleged getaway driver in the fatal shooting of Clark County sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Brown, is now facing charges of second-degree murder, possession of a stolen firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to court records.

His brother, Guillermo Raya Leon, 26, is accused of shooting Brown on the evening of July 23 as Brown conducted surveillance in an unmarked Jeep SUV at an east Vancouver apartment complex.

An arrest warrant was first issued for Abran Raya Leon, 28, on July 27 for first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

He has been in federal custody since his arrest on the night of the shooting. He’s currently being housed at the Columbia County Jail in Oregon.

An amended probable cause affidavit states that he was helping his wife, Misty Raya, 35, traffic stolen firearms on the day of Brown’s shooting.

Raya, 35, is accused of breaking into a Hazel Dell storage unit in early June and stealing dozens of guns — including an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle — along with 20,000 to 30,000 rounds of ammunition and the owner’s credit cards.

Her friend, Lani Kraabell, picked up the trio from the Target parking lot at Jantzen Beach in Portland earlier in the afternoon and brought them to The Pointe Apartments, according to court records.

Abran Raya Leon told police Kraabell was messaging a potential buyer for the more than 30 guns that Raya is accused of stealing. He said he knew the guns were stolen and that his brother had one of the stolen guns on him at the time of the shooting, the affidavit states.

Court documents describe Guillermo Raya Leon as paranoid that the trio were being followed by law enforcement throughout the day. At the apartment complex, he approached Brown’s unmarked SUV to confront him about watching them, the affidavit says.

Guillermo Raya Leon told police he asked Brown if he was looking for someone. He said the detective pulled out his gun and told him to get back. He said he stepped back, pulled out his gun, shot at Brown and ran away, according to court records.

He later told his brother that Brown shot at him first and that he returned fire, court records state.

Afterward, Abran Raya Leon drove the trio away from the apartment complex in a Toyota SUV and evaded pursuing police. The SUV was found crashed and abandoned near Interstate 205 and Padden Parkway, according to the affidavit.

Police found and arrested Abran Raya Leon and his wife later that night in the backyard of an unoccupied house in the 8700 block of Northeast 76th Avenue. Officers also located there the stolen revolver they believe Guillermo Raya Leon used to shoot Brown in the chest, court records say.

Guillermo Raya Leon stole a Toyota Prius from the house and fled, according to court records, and was arrested July 25 in Salem.

He is facing aggravated first-degree murder and possession of a stolen firearm in Brown’s death. The Clark County Jail roster shows he is due back in court Aug. 13.

Raya pleaded not guilty Wednesday at her arraignment to charges of burglary, identity theft and 32 counts of firearm theft.

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