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Two Suspects Arrested in the January Murder of Jack Alan Burnell
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the January 12, 2018 murder of Jack Alan Burnell. Burnell was shot to death near E. 2nd & Main St. in Newberg.
On Wednesday, May 30, 2018, detectives arrested Rees Gilmore Dikeos, 20 years old, of Lake Oswego, for Murder. Prior to NDPD making the arrest Dikeos was apprehended by law enforcement in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier in the week. A search warrant of Dikeos’ Lake Oswego residence was conducted later that day.
On Thursday, May 31, 2018, a second suspect, Mark Gonzalez, 27 years old, was arrested at his Beaverton residence for Conspiracy to Commit Murder. Both men have been lodged at the Yamhill County Jail.
It is believed the victim was acquainted with the two suspects and a meeting was set up at the Newberg location. The victim was shot and killed at this meeting in an apparent retaliatory act for an incident that had occurred in Salem on the previous day. Investigators confirmed a separate shooting incident occurred on January 11, 2018 at an America’s Best Value Inn in Salem. Evidence found from the Salem incident and the Newberg homicide linked the two crimes, which led to the identity of these two suspects.
Detective staff have worked tirelessly contacting witnesses, following up on citizen tips, and studying forensic evidence to solve this violent crime. These arrests are the culmination of a nearly five month investigation that will hopefully bring some relief to the Burnell family and the citizens of Newberg.
This case has been referred to the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office, any further questions should be referred to them.
The Newberg-Dundee Police Department would like to thank the following agencies who assisted on this investigation:
McMinnville Police Department, Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Beaverton Police Department, Salem Police Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County TNT, and the Lake Oswego Police Department.