Police make arrest in connection to Portland murder

Tyrese Collins (Portland Police Dept.)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Police arrested a man on Friday in connection to a deadly Portland shooting in June.

The victim died from his injuries earlier this week. Police ruled his death a homicide.

Police arrested 18-year-old Tyrese Collins early Friday morning for the murder of Jack Wilson.

“This morning we arrested 18-year-old Tyrese Collins, of Portland, and charged him with the murder of 45-year-old Jack Wilson, also of Portland,” Assistant Portland Police Chief Vern Malloch said.

A police officer near the Oxford Street area at the time of the shooting, heard gunfire and found Wilson with a gunshot wound to his stomach.

Wilson was taken to Maine Medical Center and died from that injury on Tuesday.

“It's a tragic event. Someone has died, senseless killing. But we feel assured that we've apprehended a dangerous person and he's in custody, and no longer a threat to the public,” Malloch said.

Collins was in custody at the Cumberland County Jail at the time of his arrest due to a bail violation from a stabbing incident in Westbrook in 2017. He was arrested on June 29.

“Mr. Collins is alleged to have stabbed a now 18-year-old male twice, slashing his elbow and stabbing him on the side of his cheats, leading to a collapsed lung,” Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Sahrbeck said.

This is the second murder in Portland this year, and residents are growing weary of the violence. Police say they are stepping up efforts.

“We are in that neighborhood. We have a very heavy presence. And we are working very hard to maintain peace and order in that neighborhood. It's a challenging task but we feel like we're up to it,” Malloch said.

Collins is expected in court on July 9.

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