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Man arrested over shooting of lesbian couple
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Man arrested over shooting of lesbian couple

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 25 June 2014 10:32 Written by // Rachel Cook

A man who allegedly sexually assaulted and shot a lesbian couple in the US has been arrested.

David Malcolm Strickland, 27,  is believed to have sexually assaulted and shot Mollie Olgin 19 and her girlfriend Kristene Chapa in 2012 in a Portland park. Olgin died as a result of being shot in the head while Chapa survived with brain injuries.

Strickland was arrested Friday nearly two years after the attack.

The suspect was arrested by U.S. Marshals and Texas Rangers in the San Antonio suburb of Helotes. Strickland’s wife has also been detained on charges of tampering with evidence.

Portland Police Chief Gary Giles said in a statement:

“I hope that it gives them [the families] some closure knowing that this person is taken off the street. “It is one day before the two-year anniversary. We've been working very hard to make sure we get him as soon as possible. A series of fortunate events has led us to this point and I'm just very happy that we could help in — at least at this point — in bringing him to justice.”
It is believed Strickland took the women by gunpoint, bound them and shot them in Violet Andrews Park in Portland. A couple passing by the next morning discovered Olgin and Chapa.

If found guilty Strickland faces chargers of capital murder, aggravated assault with a weapon and aggravated sexual assault.

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Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook

Rachel Cook has worked in both the queer and mainstream media for over a decade. She wrote the syndicated column, ‘Who’s Afraid of Cheeky Biscuit’, and has written numerous articles and features for the queer press. She has also written for The Age and the ABC. Before becoming editor of Melbourne Community Voice, she was a producer for ABC radio. Between 2008 and 2012, Rachel was the editor of CHERRIE. In 2010 her book, A History of Queer Australia, was published and is currently in use in high schools across Australia.

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