Escaped prisoner in Oregon allegedly murders girlfriend after she calls 911 to report he's holding her hostage

Source: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office; MEGA

Dec. 1 2021, Published 11:27 a.m. ET

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An Oregon man who escaped from a federal prison allegedly got into a shootout with police and murdered his girlfriend while on the lam, authorities said.

On Nov. 21 around 3:30 p.m., Mariela Gonzalez-Rocha, 29, called 911 to report her boyfriend was holding her hostage in the bathroom of a Portland apartment, KOIN reported, citing court documents.

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“Please, please don’t. Please [expletive] don’t,” Gonzalez-Rocha could be heard saying on the call before a man got on the line, identified himself as Jason and told the emergency dispatcher Gonzalez-Rocha was on drugs.

Before the man could disconnect the call, a probable cause affidavit states, Gonzalez-Rocha yelled the name “Davonte Donahue.”

When officers responded to the scene, Davonte Donahue, 29, allegedly began shooting from the residence, including when a Special Emergency Response Team released chemical munitions inside the apartment through a broken window.

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The Special Emergency Response Team entered the apartment shortly after 1 a.m. and took Donahue into custody. Gonzalez-Rocha was found shot to death inside the home.

Donahue was charged with second-degree murder with a firearm, constituting domestic violence, five counts of first-degree murder with a firearm and one count of a felon in possession of a firearm.

In March 2016, Donahue was ordered to serve a nine-year prison sentence after he was convicted of sex trafficking a minor.

On Aug. 12, three months before Gonzalez-Rocha’s murder and the apartment standoff with police, Donahue scaled a fence at the prison transition center where he was just transferred to the previous month, cut off an ankle monitor and fled the scene in a waiting sedan, KOIN reported, citing court documents.


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