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Arrests made in west Salem shooting incident - 04/07/21

Salem, Ore. — Several arrests have been made in the shooting incident which occurred on February 27, 2021 in west Salem.

The victim, who survived his injuries, is identified as Bryant Karner of Salem.

Three individuals were arrested in the case for the following crimes.

Colton Thomas James Burr, age 22 of Mill City and Austin Mitchell McClure, age 21 of Lebanon:

    • Attempted murder in the second degree
    • Assault in the first degree
    • Conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree
    • Unlawful use of a weapon

Katie Taylor Slay, age 23 of Mill City:

    • Conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree

To protect the integrity of the case, no further details are being released. As such, the case is now under the purview of the Polk County District Attorney, and inquiries should be directed to that office.

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Excerpt from original press release published February 28, 2021:

At approximately 11:30 p.m., patrol officers responded to the area of Wallace RD and Edgewater ST NW on the report of a shooting incident. Officers located a victim and rendered aid until paramedics arrived.

Detectives responded to the scene and are actively investigating the crime. No further details are available currently.

Anyone with information on the incident in west Salem is asked to call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

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Arrested: Anthony Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Arrested: Anthony Gonzalez. Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Arrest made in shooting incident - 03/30/21

March 30, 2021

Salem, Ore. — On the afternoon of Saturday, March 13, 2021, Salem Police patrol officers responded to multiple reports of gunfire along the 3400 block of Williams AV NE. Callers reported an exchange of gunfire between two groups of juveniles which subsequently fled the area.

Responding officers searched the neighborhood for victims and contacted witnesses. Although no victims were located, officers found 9mm casings and damage to a fence and a vehicle parked at a residence. Detectives assisted in the incident and were able locate witnesses and video of the incident. Through the course of the investigation, Anthony Gonzalez, was identified as one of the individuals involved.

Gonzalez was apprehended without incident on March 26, 2021. At the time of his arrest, the 18-year-old Gonzalez was in possession of a 9mm handgun and wearing the same clothing as displayed in the video of the incident. Gonzalez was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

  • Criminal mischief in the second degree
  • Recklessly endangering another person, two counts
  • Unlawful use of a weapon

Gonzalez is scheduled to be arraigned on an indictment at the Marion County Circuit Court annex on April 7, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Gonzalez’s successful apprehension was possible because of great police-community teamwork. Thanks to the investigative leads provided by witnesses and video, patrol officers and detectives were able to piece together the critical information which led to the arrest.

Residents in this area of northeast Salem have seen an increase in shooting incidents in recent months. Follow-up investigations into these occurrences continue, as well as the increased presence of both uniform and non-uniformed patrols throughout the affected neighborhoods.

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Arrested (from left) Andrew Foy, Nathan McFarland, Anthony Villaneda
Arrested (from left) Andrew Foy, Nathan McFarland, Anthony Villaneda
Protests at state capitol leads to several arrests - 03/28/21

March 28, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Oregon’s state capitol continues to be a draw for demonstrations and protestors. On Sunday, March 28, 2021, events were held by two separate groups intending to meet at the state capitol grounds.

The first event billed as the Freedom Rally appeared on social media streams in February. A second event appeared soon after, named Fascist Free 503, indicating a counter response to the Freedom Rally. Social media posts connected to the group indicated their intention to prevent the Freedom Rally caravan from meeting at the state capitol.

Shortly before noon, approximately 100 individuals wearing black clothing and ballistic vests and carrying firearms, bats, skateboards, umbrellas, shields and gas masks arrived on the capitol mall grounds. Some individuals from the group carried Youth Liberation Front flags, a group known to espouse leftwing ideologies. The group congregated along Court Street in front of the capitol building.

Soon after their arrival, the Salem Police department began to receive reports that individuals from the Court Street group were targeting vehicles driving by. The victims reported their vehicles were damaged by paint filled balloons, rocks and other hard objects being thrown at them as they passed. One vehicle sustained significant damage after a large tree limb was thrown through the front window into the vehicle’s passenger seat. Patrol officers responded and took several reports to initiate criminal investigations.    

Due to the ongoing reports of criminal activity, Court Street was closed. Doing so allowed Oregon State Police and Salem Police crowd management teams to respond to the area and declare the gathering on Court Street an unlawful assembly. The closure also deterred the Freedom Rally caravan from entering the area. Audible announcements to disperse were given to the crowd on Court Street. The teams successfully removed the individuals onto the capitol mall. No force was used as the individuals complied with commands. The Oregon State Police teams returned to the capitol building area.

The dispersed crowd, however, began to move about the various streets surrounding the capitol grounds. Several altercations and property damage were reported including a reported incident of paintball guns being used, and a firearm displayed. During the arrest of two suspects, officers used less-than-lethal rounds in their apprehension.

The following individuals were arrested and lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on charges related to criminal activity during today’s event:

Andrew Alan Foy, age 34: Disorderly conduct in the second degree and criminal trespass in the second degree

Nathan McFarland, age 33: Disorderly conduct in the second degree

Anthony Villaneda, age 18: Unlawful pointing of a laser, five counts

These are open criminal cases and will continue to be investigated.  Anyone with information related to these incidents or any other criminal acts which took place on Sunday, March 28, are encouraged to contact the Salem Police Department tips line at 503-588-8477.

Our thanks the Oregon State Police and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the handling of today’s protest events. We also extend our appreciation to the Keizer Police Department and Polk County Sheriff’s Office for their help in responding to calls for service while Salem patrol officers were focused on the events at the state capitol.

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Salem Police Investigate Fatal Traffic Crash - 03/27/21

On March 26th, 2021, at approximately 7:50pm, Salem Police responded to a fatal traffic crash in the 3700 block of Commercial St SE.  Arriving officers located two vehicles involved in a head on collision.  Witnesses to the crash stated that the driver of one of the vehicles, a black Ford SUV, left the scene on foot. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the driver, who was later identified as Anthony Dalton Quin Vincent, a 24 year old Salem resident.  incent was located by officers a short distance from the crash scene and taken into custody.  He was later tranpsorted to the Salem Hospital for medical treatment.  

The driver of the second involved vehicle, a red Chevrolet Silverado, identified as Barry L J Johnson Sr, 55 yrs old, was transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries.  A passenger of the Silverado was pronounced deceased at the scene by medics.  The passenger is identified as Sarah Christine Jensen, a 31 year old Salem resident.  

Investigators determined that the Silverado Truck was entering the roadway, facing south on Commercial St SE, in the center turn lane when it was struck head on by the black Ford SUV, which had been travelling north on Commercial St. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.  

Vincent was arrested and lodged at Marion County Correctional Facility on the charges of DUII, Fail to Perform the Duties of Driver in an Accident with injury and Reckless Driving.  

Arrested: Javier Francisco Diaz Torres
Arrested: Javier Francisco Diaz Torres
Suspect arrested after robbery spree (Photo) - 03/15/21

Salem, Ore. — A suspect in two northeast Salem robberies on Sunday, March 14 was arrested the same day after a detective with a sharp eye spotted him in the vicinity of the robberies.

Javier Francisco Diaz Torres, age 32, was first sought in connection with an early morning robbery at Aibertos Mexican Restaurant on Market ST NE. He brandished a firearm at the owner after an argument over a previous incident of the theft of food. Torres left only after he received the food he demanded.

Less than three hours later, Torres was contacted by a loss prevention officer at Walmart on Lancaster DR NE for leaving the store without paying for merchandise. Torres wielded the pistol at the store employee and fled.

Using the description provided by the first victim and the loss prevention officer, patrol officers searched, but were unable to locate the suspect who used an off-road bicycle for his getaway. A Salem Police detective also arrived in the area after the second incident to actively search and had positive results. Within three hours of the second robbery, the detective located Torres walking in a nearby neighborhood.

Torres was taken into custody without incident and charged with the following:

• Menacing

• Robbery in the first degree

• Robbery in the second degree

• Unlawful use of a weapon

The successful apprehension of the suspect was possible due to the detective’s perseverance which was helped by the good witness descriptions provided by the victims in these incidents. Each person was able to provide a helpful account of the suspect’s physical traits and clothing, the mode of travel and the direction of travel. The conclusion was a result of great police-community teamwork.

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Man arrested after shooting at hallucinations - 03/15/21

Salem, Ore. — On March 9, 2021, at approximately 3:00 p.m. Salem Police officers responded to the 900 block of Norway ST NE on reports of a man shooting a gun in the backyard of a residence. The man then left the area in a vehicle. Officers located the vehicle and detained the man, Martin Abrego, age 27 of Salem.

While on-scene, officers noticed the smell of natural gas near the residence. They cordoned off the area and asked for assistance from the Salem Fire Department. Once fire fighters arrived, the gas to the residence was turned off and the residence and surrounding property were checked for injured people. No injured people were found.

Detectives responded to the location to assist with interviews and evidence collection. Eventually it was determined Abrego was possibly under the influence of narcotics and hallucinating. He believed he was being attacked and shot at the hallucinations, striking the residence’s natural gas meter in the process.

Abrego was taken to Salem Health for treatment of his condition. He was charged with the following crimes:

  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Reckless Endangering

The Salem Police Department would like to the thank the neighbors who called in so quickly with concise and accurate information enabling officers to locate Abrego quickly.