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SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) _ An Illinois couple vacationing with their daughter on the north Oregon coast were stabbed to death in what, police say, most likely was a bungled burglary.
Duncan J. McKinnon, 73, and his wife Ellen, 68, of Wheaton, Ill., were in the Portland area to visit their daughter, Thomasina McKinnon of Gresham. The family was spending the weekend at the coast at the Best Western Ocean View Resort in Seaside.
On Sunday night the daughter and an unidentified male companion were in a room across the hall when they heard noises in the couple’s room shortly before 11 p.m., said Duane Bigoni, Multnomah County deputy medical examiner.
When they went to investigate, they saw a man fleeing down a hallway and found the couple bleeding, Bigoni said.
Seaside Police Chief Jack West said the male companion chased the man from the fifth floor to the second floor, but the man got away.
On Monday, Oregon State Police arrested Andrew Scott Metz, 20, of Seaside, in the deaths.
Investigating officer Dick Sunseri of the Seaside Police Department said it was likely the incident was a burglary gone awry.
Police believe the man entered the McKinnons’ room through a window, but they were uncertain whether anything was stolen.
Police said Metz went to the home of a friend and offered her $15 if she would let him spend the night. When the woman refused, Metz fled, leaving behind a knife and a jacket. Oregon State Police recovered a bloody knife and jacket from the duplex.
Metz was walking south on U.S. 101 when he arrested at 3 a.m. about a mile south of Seaside at Peterson Point.
Clatsop County District Attorney Steve Gerttula said Metz was booked into the Clatsop County Jail in Astoria. He said a search warrant was issued Monday morning in an effort to take blood samples from Metz’s clothing. ″We have no other suspects we’re even considering at this time,″ said Glenn Faber, Clatsop County deputy district attorney.
Gerttula said he would seek aggravated murder charges against Metz.
Faber said police were investigating a burglary at the motel last Saturday to see if it was related to Sunday night’s crime.