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Salem Police looking to identify suspect in several northeast Salem robberies (Photo) - 01/21/22

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DATE:      Thursday, January 20, 2022

 

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male connected with two commercial robberies which occurred in late 2021. A photograph of surveillance footage from one of the robberies captured the image of the male suspect.

The first robbery occurred around 10:00 p.m. on November 20, 2021 at the United Market and Cigs on Silverton RD NE. The second incident took place approximately a month later on December 21, 2021 at the 76 Gas Station on Portland RD NE at approximately 4:00 a.m. No injuries were reported as a result of either robbery. 

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding the robberies or the identity of the individual in the photographs to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

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Police address concerns over outside agency training presentation - 01/21/22

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DATE:      January 21, 2022

 

Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department is aware of recent Portland-area media reports concerning an offensive image and meme related to protests. We understand the concerns and questions the captioned-image raises with our community. It is important for our community to know that no Salem Police staff was involved in the development or presentation of the offensive graphic.

A statewide basic crowd control training event is commonly hosted by several agencies and attended by officers from across the state of Oregon. The Salem Police Department provides instructors and instruction material for portions of this multi-day training. Salem Police instructors present their own materials and do not routinely co-present or co-produce with other agencies. No Salem Police staff provided instruction for the presentation module in question.

More importantly, the image and the meme do not reflect the values of the Salem Police Department or our expectation of conduct displayed by officers during any contact with the community. We take seriously our responsibility to protect the community while respecting individuals’ right to free speech and assembly, and our commitment to strengthening the public’s trust and confidence continues to be our focus and priority.

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Salem Police searching for suspect in bank robbery (Photo) - 01/20/22

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DATE:      Thursday, January 20, 2022

 

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police detectives, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Portland Office, are seeking information related to a bank robbery at a Columbia Bank branch located in the 3300 block of Commercial ST SE. The robbery occurred near closing time on Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5:55 p.m.

The male suspect entered the bank through the front doors displaying a handgun. The suspect demanded money from the employees, who complied with his demands. After receiving the money, the suspect left through the front door of the business. 

Salem Police officers quickly arrived on scene but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect was described by witnesses as a white, male adult, approximately 5’10” to 5’11” tall with a bigger build. He was last seen wearing a black mask, gray hooded sweatshirt, black jacket, black pants, and black gloves. 

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call the Salem Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

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Officers make arrest in park stabbing incident - 01/19/22

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DATE:      January 19, 2022

Salem, Ore. — On the evening of January 17, 2022, officers were dispatched to Marion Square Park in downtown Salem on the report of a stabbing. Officers from the Community Action Unit (CAU) located a male individual suffering from a stab wound to the back. Paramedics arrived on scene and transported the individual to Salem Health with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

CAU and patrol officers were able to identify workable leads in the case after interviewing the victim and several witnesses and on January 18, 2022, arrested 22-year-old Jacob Joseph Cook. 

Cook, recently released from the Oregon State Penitentiary in mid-December, had an existing parole violation warrant issued on December 22, 2021. CAU arrested Cook on December 28, 2021 on the warrant. He was released from the Marion County Jail on January 12, 2022. The stabbing incident at the park occurred five days later. 

“Patrol and CAU officers worked swiftly to make an arrest in this incident,” said Lieutenant Treven Upkes who oversees CAU, the team of officers who patrol the downtown on bicycles. “Our officers patrol the parks as often as possible to create a presence and make the parks safer for everyone, including those who may be experiencing homelessness and living at encampments.”

Cook is charged with assault in the first degree and unlawful use of a weapon (knife). He is due to be arraigned today, January 19, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. and all further inquiries on this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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Police seek public's assistance in locating missing Salem man - Update Jan. 13, 2022 (Photo) - 01/13/22

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DATE:      Thursday, January 13, 2022

 

Update: January 13, 2022:

Missing person, Robert Lee Skinner, Jr., has been found safe. His family has been notified. Our thanks to the Salem community and local media for their assistance.

 

Originally published January 12, 2022:

Salem, Ore. — The Salem Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in locating a missing south Salem resident. Robert Lee Skinner, Jr., 69 years old, was last seen on January 9, 2022, at 4:30 p.m., leaving his residence by vehicle to play video poker at a local restaurant. He was alone when he left his home.

Skinner’s spouse notified the Salem Police Department on Monday, January 10, when he failed to return home.  Skinner is diabetic and dependent on medication, which he does not have with him.  Friends and family have not had any contact with him since he left home and report this behavior is not typical for him.  Although there are no family connections outside of Salem, it is possible he may have driven his vehicle outside of the Salem area.

The Salem Police Department is investigating Skinner Jr.’s disappearance as a missing and endangered person. 

Skinner is described as a Black male, 5’10” tall, weighing 190 pounds.  He was last seen wearing jeans, a navy-blue long sleeve shirt with “POLO” lettering on the front, a navy-blue wind breaker and brown slippers.

He was driving his personal car when he left his residence, a four-door, silver 2015 Toyota Camry with Oregon license plate 590-DQJ. The sedan has damage to the passenger side front bumper. 

“We have no reason to believe Mr. Skinner’s disappearance is associated with any criminal activity at this time; however, we are concerned about his safety due to his medical condition and lack of medication,” said Lieutenant Debbie Aguilar. “We are asking the public for help in locating Mr. Skinner so we can assess his health and wellbeing.” 

Anyone with recent information related to Mr. Skinner’s location should call the Salem Police Department non-emergency phone number at 503-588-6123 (option 1). All other tips and investigative leads may be directed to the Salem Police Department Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.
Detectives ask for help in suspicious death investigation (Photo) - 01/07/22

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DATE:      January 7, 2022

Salem, Ore. — On Tuesday, January 4, 2022, officers responded to a death investigation at Wallace Marine Park. A man, identified as Edgar Pascual-Hernandez, age 48, was found deceased in his tent just north of the softball fields.

Pascual-Hernandez was known to his employer and friends in the camp as Samuel Lucas, or Sam. His death is considered suspicious, and detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are requesting anyone with information regarding Pascual-Hernandez contact the Salem Police Department Tips Line by calling 503-588-8477.

This is an active investigation, and no further information is available for release at this time.

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Patrol officers nab suspect in business burglary - 01/06/22

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DATE: Thursday, January 6, 2022

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police officers made an early morning arrest of a suspect caught inside a southeast Salem area business. Shortly before midnight on January 5, 2022, officers received an alarm call at the Coastal Farm and Ranch store located in the 1200 block of Lancaster DR SE. The alarm company reported several areas of activation within the closed business, including the gun cage. 

When officers arrived, they found a set of glass double doors shattered and a man, later identified as Nathan Angelo Maes Jr., age 31, walking inside a caged exterior portion of the store. Maes was unaware the officers were on scene and encountered the officers while carrying a bag containing rifles and pushing a motorized minibike. Maes attempted to flee, and a Taser was deployed which he was able to defeat. Although Maes continued his attempts to escape, officers succeeded in apprehending him.

Maes was transported to Salem Health for a medical evaluation. When cleared, he was lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Burglary in the first degree
  • Theft in the first degree, eight counts
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Resisting arrest

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Arrests made in west Salem robbery - 12/30/21

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DATE:      Thursday, December 30, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police detectives arrested two people involved in the armed robbery of a West Salem convenience store last week. The two male suspects, identified as Aspen Hale, 21, and Dominick Howland, 21, both Dallas residents, were taken into custody after the investigation and lodged at the Polk County Jail on the charges of first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, and menacing.

On December 21, 2021 Salem patrol officers responded to the Plaid Pantry store in the 2500 block of Wallace RD on a report of a robbery. A female employee reported two suspects confronted her while outside the store at approximately 4:20 a.m. during a work break. One suspect pointed a gun at her and ordered her into the store where a second employee was working. The armed suspect held both employees at gunpoint while the second suspect stole items from the store. Both suspects then fled the scene in a vehicle.

Through the investigation, Salem Police detectives were able to link the suspects back to a car crash investigation on December 26, 2021 in which one of the vehicle occupants was found with a firearm. A subsequent search warrant on the car resulted in evidence which tied both Hale and Howland to the Plaid Pantry robbery.

Hale and Howland were apprehended at a residence in Dallas, Oregon with the assistance of the Dallas Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The case is now being handled by the Office of the Polk County District Attorney and all further media inquiries should be directed to the prosecutor’s office.

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Salem Police investigate shooting incident - 12/30/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:      Thursday, December 30, 2021

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 9:20 a.m. today, December 30, 2021, patrol officers responded to the report of a shooting near the intersection of Pine and Broadway STS NE.

Officers located one adult, male victim with non-life-threatening injuries who was transported to Salem Health for treatment.

Patrol officers notified adjacent law enforcement agencies who assisted with a search for the suspect. That search has concluded, and Salem Police detectives have taken over the investigation. There is no known danger to the public.

This is an active investigation, and no further information is available for release at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477. 

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Collision in south Salem results in two fatalities - 12/25/21

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DATE:      Saturday, December 25, 2021

Salem, Ore. — On Friday, December 24, 2021 at approximately 9:30 p.m., emergency responders were dispatched to the scene of a collision just south of the intersection of Commercial ST at Browning AV SE. Arriving officers found one vehicle, a Jeep SUV, on its side in the roadway and a Nissan sedan in the landscape strip of a nearby business.

A witness reported the Jeep SUV traveling northbound on Commercial ST collided with the Nissan as the sedan attempted to turn east into the parking lot of a business. The sedan then struck another vehicle already in the business parking lot.

The driver of the sedan, Jason Pelletier, age 43, and the front passenger, Linda Lee, age 61, were pronounced deceased at the scene.

A third occupant of the sedan, Erin Pelletier, age 22, and the driver of the SUV, Daniel McDaniel, age 52, were transported to Salem Health for medical treatment. 

The Salem Police Traffic Team is leading the crash investigation and no further information is being released at this time.

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