A man killed his ex-wife in her Southwest Portland home Monday, took their two daughters to his home in Northeast Portland and then fatally shot himself as a police tactical squad surrounded the house — a violent end to a bitter divorce and custody dispute. Police rushed into the home on Northeast 25th Avenue and found the two girls, ages 7 and 8, safe inside. The girls, both dressed in layers of pink and one clutching a teddy bear, were led to a waiting car. Pete Simpson said. The murder-suicide capped protracted acrimony between Ian Martin Elias, 47, and his ex-wife, Nicolette Naomi Elias, About the same time he killed his ex-wife, Ian Elias sent multiple messages on his Twitter account railing against the Multnomah County judge who handled the couple's case in family court, with hashtags " parentalalienation'' and " fathersrights.
In recent months, Nicolette Elias was so scared of what her ex-husband might do that she prepared safety plans with friends and family should any harm come to her and her children. That followed voicemail messages Ian Elias left with her threatening to take action "outside the court system,'' according to court records.
This past spring, she altered her daily routine to avoid any contact with her ex-husband — "going into hiding'' away from her home and taking her daughters out of school for several days, court records say. Nicolette Elias had filed for divorce in Polk County in and the case was transferred to Multnomah County in She had obtained restraining and stalking orders against her ex-husband this spring, describing him as an "immediate danger,'' according to court records.
She alleged that Ian Elias was violent with her on several occasions, sometimes in front of their children. He pushed, choked, slapped and punched her in the face, dragged her on the floor and was sexually abusive, she wrote. He suffered from severe, chronic alcohol and drug abuse and "regularly kept high-powered firearms in the home even handling them in the children's presence ,'' she wrote.
In September, her attorney Michael T. McGrath wrote in court records: "Mother was fearful for her and the children's safety. Nicolette Elias and Ian Elias were married on Dec. Nicolette Elias first petitioned for a restraining order against her ex-husband in January of this year, saying he got physically abusive, grabbed her by the arm and forced her to the door when she asked him to get out of her home.
A Multnomah County judge granted her request, ordering that Ian Elias be "professionally supervised one or two times per week'' when having contact with their children. Days after Ian Elias was served with that notice, his ex-wife said he escalated his frightening behavior, posting multiple lengthy YouTube videos and Facebook messages criticizing her, his parents, the school and the courts.
The messages were left on Nicolette Elias' voice mail at her home, he wrote. By May 7, a judge granted the ex-wife a temporary stalking order against Ian Elias, adding further restrictions on his contact with Nicolette Elias and his daughters, ordering the "removal of firearms'' and prohibiting his social media posts about his family.
On July 23, Portland police arrested Ian Elias, accusing him of contempt of court for taking videos of his children and posting derogatory videos about his ex-wife on social media sites, including YouTube and Facebook.
He told court officials he suffers from anxiety and depression. At that time, a judge prohibited him from having any contact with his wife and daughters. Two days after his arrest, Ian Elias posted YouTube videos that alleged physical and mental abuse by Nicolette Elias against him and argued that his ex-wife was keeping their children away from him. He was due to return to court this Thursday on the contempt of court allegation, but his attorney had asked for a delay, noting that Ian Elias planned to be out of town on a non-refundable trip that day.
On Monday morning,. Brugger St. Ahmed Mohamud, who lives across the street, said his wife heard five to six gunshots and called him to come home. Mohamud, who drives for Radio Cab, said he raced there from downtown and found the front door of Nicolette Elias' home wide open.
His wife had seen two young girls who lived in the home running out of the house with another adult, Mohamud said. He said he called police. Officers surrounded the Brugger Street house and first used a loudspeaker to order anyone who was inside to come out with hands in the air. When police got no response, they sent in a police dog carrying a camera.
Officers followed the images on a screen, which showed Nicolette Elias on the floor. Police then entered the home and confirmed she was dead in the main living area, Simpson said. She had been shot and struck with at least one arrow. Elias walked out the back door of the home and shot himself on the rear porch with a handgun, killing himself, police said. Officers then rushed into the home and found the girls safe with their father's current wife. Police walked the two girls to a car.
Police said they were likely witnesses to the crime at their mother's home and would be interviewed by officers, with help from. Northwest, and possibly placed with other relatives. Police were also interviewing Ian Elias' current wife. The bureau's Domestic Violence Reduction Unit is assisting in the investigation. In a YouTube video published last Saturday, Ian Elias said he was going public to exercise his First Amendment rights and to document his ex-wife's alleged abuse against him.
Ian Elias also explained on the video that a judge had ordered him not to have any guns. His Facebook page has photos of him with an M1 carbine, a Ruger. Nicolette Elias, known as Nikki, worked as an office specialist in Portland State University's psychology department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for nearly three years. She was a part of our family. Steven Albert, executive director of the Portland Jewish Academy and the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, said late Monday, "Our community is devastated by what's happened, and our hearts go out'' to the Elias girls.
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