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Teen charged in murder last year of daughter of Hillsboro pastor


HILLSBORO — A teenager who was already serving a 14-year sentence for a rape in Eugene was charged several weeks ago with aggravated murder in the death last summer of the daughter of a longtime Hillsboro pastor.
Pastor Rich Jones of Calvary Chapel Worship Center and his daughter’s husband, Chris Laube, both expressed relief to Portland-area media that an arrest has been made eight months after the killing of 29-year-old Nicole Laube.
“I am very thankful that this man is finally being brought to justice,” Jones said at a news conference following the announcement of the new charges against Jaime Tinoco, 17. “Our hearts also go out to the woman in Eugene who was also a victim of this man’s brutality.”
As reported by The Oregonian, Tinoco was indicted on March 31 and appeared for the first time in Washington County Circuit Court at an April 2 arraignment. Showing no emotion, he pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
The teen was arrested April 1 at a Salem youth detention facility and, after being booked at the Washington County Jail, transferred to Donald E. Long juvenile detention center in Portland. Tinoco has been at the Salem location serving a 14-year prison sentence for the Eugene rape.
Laube was fatally stabbed on Aug. 19 at the parking lot of her workplace, the Commons at Timber Creek Apartments in Portland’s Cedar Mill area. Tinoco and Laube did not know each other, but Tinoco lived with his parents across Northwest Barnes Road from the apartment complex.
Detectives questioned Tinoco last August about the killing but at the time could not link him to her death; he was arrested the following month for the Eugene rape and beating of a woman near Autzen Stadium 25 days after Laube’s killing. But a Eugene detective in late March again questioned Tinoco, and the responses he received prompted the detectives to immediately contact Washington County detectives.
According to the newspaper, investigators think Tinoco randomly attacked her, planning to sexual assault her. He allegedly tried to rape her and then stabbed her in the chest with a knife. She staggered to an apartment resident and described her attacker before dying at the scene.
Jones said the length of time between his daughter’s killing and the apparent break in the case has been hard.
“Seeing her kids live day after day without their mother, but knowing that their killer has not been brought to justice, has only added to the grief,” he said. “When we first heard the details of Nicole’s murder that are now coming to light, we were deeply disturbed. We cannot wrap our minds around what has happened. The degree of depravity required to commit such a horrific crime is unfathomable.”
The Laubes lived in Forest Grove and had a 3-year-old son together. She also had a 7-year-old, and Chris has two other children, ages 11 and 13. She was a very active member of the church her father pastors and which he founded.
At the time of the September attack in Eugene, Tinoco was on probation for burglary, meth possession and harassment in Washington County. He committed the rape after breaking away from a supervised outing to a University of Oregon football game. At his sentencing, Tinoco struggled not to smile as his 39-year-old victim told how she had been sexually assaulted and repeatedly punched in the face.
Following Tinoco’s arrest in the Laube case, the Washington County Juvenile Department issued a statement expressing “deep distress” that Tinoco had allegedly taken an innocent life during the time that the juvenile court had allowed him to live with his parents in the community. The department indicated it would revise its policies on such matters.
“We must acknowledge, regrettably, that we are not able to prevent every youth from reoffending or predict their extreme behaviors,” stated Lynne Schroder, juvenile department director.