Seaside Police Chief Robert Gross announced that Anthony Johnson, age 22, of Gearhart was arrested Monday on charges of murder for the stabbing death of Bruce Eric Hutchison at a home on 18th Avenue.
Johnson was lodged in the Clatsop County jail Monday evening following an ongoing investigation by the Clatsop County Major Crime Team. The team is made up officers from the Oregon State Police. Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Gearhart Police Department, Cannon Beach Police Department, Warrenton Police Department, Astoria Police Department, and the Clatsop County Medical Examiner.
Early Monday morning Seaside Police responded to a report of a man stabbed at 385 18th Ave. The first officer on the scene found a woman in the street who reported that she woke up next to her boyfriend who had been stabbed in his bed in a home he was helping remodel. She fled the residence and contacted police by cell phone.
At approximately 7:00 a.m. officers spotted the suspect walking southbound on foot near 12th Avenue. He was taken into custody without incident at the bus stop just north of 12th Avenue and Roosevelt.
Forensic specialists from the Oregon State Patrol Crime Lab processed the crime scene and detectives from the Clatsop County Major Crime Team are continuing to interview witnesses, execute search warrants, and gather more information.
Johnson is expected to be arraigned in Clatsop County Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon. The matter will be submitted to the Clatsop County Grand Jury.