Salem Police Dept.
Robbery Suspect Sought By Salem Police
On Tuesday 12/03/13, at about 6:00 PM, an unidentified suspect entered the Tobacco Pouch, 1599 Edgewater St NW, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was hurt during the incident. The Salem Police unsuccessfully attempted a track with a K9.
On Thursday 12/05/13, at about 6:30 AM, it is believed that the same suspect entered the Plaid Pantry, 1095 Edgewater St NW. Once again the suspect displayed a handgun and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured during the robbery. A K9 search led to a nearby parking lot where the trail stopped.
The suspect is described as a White or light skinned Hispanic male in his 20's, 5'8" to 5'09", medium to stocky build, a grey hooded sweatshirt, a grey stocking cap, a red bandana covering his face, and carrying a black backpack.
Plaid Pantry is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to telephone Detective Dan Tallan at (503)540-2332 or the non-emergency line at (503)588-6123.
Property crime continues to affect Salem residents
Since the start of the year, Salem residents have reported more than 4,600 incidents of theft, including vehicle break-ins.
The reported crimes do not show a defined pattern for when the thefts are occurring, such as time of day or day of the week or even geographic location.
What is evident is criminals are taking advantage of opportunities for these thefts to occur. High opportunity situations include:
* Locations where cars will be parked for extended periods of time, unattended;
* Locations with low or no lighting giving criminals a chance to work in the cover of darkness;
* Vehicles with unlocked doors or windows;
* Vehicles with items in plain sight;
* Vehicles left running and unattended;
* Doors and/or windows unsecured at residences or businesses.
From the change in a car's cup holder to purses left beneath seats, criminals are indifferent to whether or not the items have high value. To further public education efforts, the police department is releasing two new video reminders. "We hope the messages resonate with the viewing public and serve as a reminder to eliminate any opportunities for theft to occur," said Lt. Dave Okada of the Community Response Section and public information officer for the department.
The video Public Service Announcements are less than 45 seconds in length and are found on the department's YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/SalemPDTV.
They will also be appearing on CCTV.
The videos are intended to complement other portions of a public education campaign started this spring to decrease the rise in property crime in Salem.
Video 1: Crime is About Opportunity | http://youtu.be/gmT7SjP6FJE
Video 2: Easy to Leave Behind | http://youtu.be/fzqEooTZ6bg
Reminders for those braving the holiday sales rush - 11/26/13
Since mid-year, Salem has been experiencing an unusually high volume of property crime. The Salem Police Department advises residents to be extra cautious. This week proves to be a potential boon for residents looking for a decrease in prices and criminals looking for an increase in the chances to commit theft. With parking lots full of vehicles left unattended for extended periods, criminals may have an advantage, if we let them.
Everyone knows all the tips, such as never leave valuables and packages in your car; or always remember to lock your vehicle doors and windows. However, the Salem Police Department is putting out a challenge to all Salemites to reduce their chances of theft by also practicing the following measures during this week of high retail sales.
Tag Team Shopping
If you are braving the long lines in the parking lot and at the register, don't do it alone. Like officers have a briefing before they go out to patrol, have briefing with your "sales squad." Dole out assignments, such as a person who makes sure all the doors are locked or someone designated to always stay with the cart.
Keep Your Purse or Wallet with You
Speaking of the cart, do NOT leave your purse or wallet in the cart. It only takes one moment of your distraction while your back is turned for a criminal to pass by and take your purse as it lies in the cart.
Safeguard your Packages
When you've finished with door buster sales at one location, make sure a criminal doesn't bust into your car to take your packages. If you must leave your valuables in your vehicle, use the trunk to place the items out of sight and do so prior to your arrival at the next destination. If you have a lever in your vehicle interior that opens the trunk, be sure to lock it or disable it.
Vehicle and Driving Safety
Parking will be difficult in some locations, but try your best to park where there is plenty of lighting. Thieves prefer dark and secluded areas.
When you are facing the increased volume of vehicles, be sure to practice defensive driving and courtesy whether in the lot or on the street. Lastly, if you are shopping on Thanksgiving night or early Black Friday morning, put your vehicle lights on for safety. Ensure that you are not driving while you are too tired.
Don't drive while impaired. Designate a driver ahead of time, one who has not been partaking in alcoholic beverages. The Salem Police Department will have extra patrols out this holiday weekend to address driving under the influence. When in doubt, get a ride!
Follow the police department's Twitter account, @salem_police, for additional information including reminders about online purchases which are no longer limited to Cyber Monday!
Salem Police Releasing Name of Officer Involved in Shooting Incident In Turner - 11/25/13
The Salem Police Department is releasing the name of the officer who discharged his weapon during a homicide/hostage situation in Turner in the early morning hours of November 23.
The Salem Police Department responded to the City of Turner on the evening of November 22 on a request for assistance from the Turner Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office in a homicide/hostage incident. During the course of that ongoing investigation, it was determined that a Salem Police Officer fired his weapon during the incident.
The Salem Police Department has identified this officer as Corporal Stuart Gamble, who has been with the department for nearly seven years. This aspect of the incident is being investigated in accordance with Salem Police Department procedures, and Corporal Gamble is currently on administrative leave as is standard procedure while the incident is being investigated.
The matter continues to be investigated by the Oregon State Police. Media inquiries should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
Salem Police Seeks Help In Identifying Scam Suspects
Recently, a woman was approached by an unidentified male while shopping at the Wal-Mart store in Salem. The suspect claimed he needed money for legal expenses and offered to sell her a gold bar for a fraction of its worth. A second suspect soon became involved in the conversation and claimed he verified the bar was genuine and worth a great deal of money. The first suspect agreed to sell the bar to the victim for whatever cash she had at her house. The victim purchased the bar, but later learned it was a not a real gold bar.
The primary suspect called himself "Jorge." He is described as a Hispanic male in his early 40s, 5'04" to 5'05", light-skinned, medium build with black hair and a thin mustache. Suspect number two is described as a Hispanic male in his late 40s, 5'06" to 5'08", light skinned, thin build and a clean appearance.
The Salem Police Department has obtained surveillance photographs and is seeking the public's help in identifying the suspects. Anyone having information about these subjects is asked to call Sergeant Jim Welsh at 503-588-6175.
The Salem Police Department also wants to remind people that if someone you do not know approaches you with an unsolicited deal that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Salem Police Accepting Donations for 27th Annual Toy Drive - 11/25/13
The Salem Police Department is now accepting donations for the 27th annual Salem Police Toy Drive.
The Salem Police Department is working together with Communities and Partners of East Salem (CAPES) to make the holidays brighter for children in our area. You can help by donating NEW unwrapped toys for children, infants through 12 years old, or monetary donations. Sorry, no used toys can be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at any of the locations below through December 16.
* Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St SE, Rioom 130
* Blanchet Catholic School, 4373 Market St NE
* Cycle Country, 1230 Broadway St NE
* Salem Electric, 633 7th St NW
* Break Point Coffee Company, 1120 Commercial St SE
The Salem Police Toy Drive got its start as a result of a tragedy in December of 1986. A school liaison officer responded to the scene of a suicide and in the belongings of the deceased he found a Christmas wish list written by the young daughter. The list deeply affected many at the police department and a collection was taken by department employees to fill the wish list. This was the beginning of the annual toy drive which still touches the hearts of many residents and police employees as the spirit of giving continues to bring happiness to the children of our community.
With holiday sales starting this week, please consider adding a toy for a local child to your shopping list.
For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Jennifer Graber at (503)588-6499, option 1.
Salem Police Release Photo Of ShopKo Robber
On November 13th, at about 2:00 PM, an unidentified white male went to the ShopKo pharmacy, 1230 Lancaster Dr SE, displayed a pistol and demanded prescription fentanyl patches. After obtaining the patches, he fled the store without anyone being injured. The suspect is described as a white male, mid 20's to early 30's, 6'2" to 6'5", medium build, wearing a dark knit hat, dark colored hoodie, cargo shorts, and black tennis shoes.
The Salem Police Department is releasing photos of the suspect in the hopes that the images, along with the description, will assist in identifying a suspect. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to telephone Detective Corporal Mike Baskett at (503)540-2463.
Salem Police Arrest Five Susects, Seize Narcotics, Cash and Firearms - 11/22/13
Salem Police Street Crimes Detectives concluded an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in our community, arresting five suspects and seizing significant quantities of methamphetamine as well as several firearms and thousands of dollars in cash.
The investigation identified 35-year old Mario N Landeros as one of the suspects who was selling methamphetamine from 2105 4th St NE in Salem. When Street Crimes detectives attempted to stop Landeros in his vehicle and arrest him on November 20, he rammed two police vehicles and fled. This event caused two Salem-Keizer elementary schools to be placed into lockdown while officers attempted to apprehend him. He later abandoned his vehicle and was located and taken into custody as he walked down the street.
Salem SWAT then served a search warrant at 2105 4th St at approximately 2:30 pm on November 20. Several more people were located in the residence at that time, and a subsequent search found fifteen firearms, both rifles and pistols, several of which were confirmed as stolen. The investigation also yielded nearly one-half pound of crystal methamphetamine and over $10,000 in cash as well as drug paraphernalia and packaging materials.
Arrested as a result of the investigation were:
35-year old Mario N Landeros. Charged with three counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine, three counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School, eleven counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, two counts of Theft in the First Degree and a valid warrant for his arrest on unrelated charges.
52-year old Lori Lynn France-Larsen. Charged with four counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine, four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and four counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School.
33-year old Andrew K Poland. Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School.
49-year old Montie G Anderson. Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School, four counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Giving False Information to a Police Officer, Theft in the First Degree and a warrant for Failure to Appear.
42-year old Rebecca J Morton. Charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance-methamphetamine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a School, Tampering With Physical Evidence, four counts of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Hydrocodone and Parole Violation.
The Salem Police Street Crimes Unit is tasked with working to enhance the safety and livability of our community through creative and innovative investigative techniques and working directly with community members to address issues of concern.
Salem Police Officers Stop Subject From Jumping Off of Downtown Rooftop - 11/21/13
Salem Police Officers physically caught a Salem man as he jumped off the ledge of a rooftop in downtown Salem on the afternoon of November 20.
Police were dispatched to the downtown area at 2:59 pm when a subject called to say that a suicide was going to happen at the tallest building in Salem. Officers were able to trace the call to the area of the Capital Center Building at 388 State St and saw a subject standing on the edge of the rooftop.
As officers stopped pedestrian traffic on the sidewalk below, Officers David Smith and Omar Demarco went to the rooftop to contact that subject. The subject had thrown some of his possessions onto the ground eleven stories below, and as Officers Demarco and Smith were trying to speak with him, he suddenly threw one leg over the parapet of the rooftop and began to jump off of the roof.
Officers Smith and Demarco quickly ran and grabbed the subject by his pant cuff as he was launching himself over the side of the roof and were able to pull him back onto the safety of the roof. The subject was detained and was transported to Salem Hospital for a mental health evaluation. There were no injuries in the incident.
The Salem Police Department encourages anyone who is experiencing depression and/or suicidal thoughts or who may know of someone experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts to seek immediate help. Twenty four-hour crisis assistance is available in our community through the Northwest Human Services Crisis Hotline at 503-581-5535 or toll free at (800) 560-5535, the Marion County Psychiatric Crisis Center at 503-585-4949, and the Oregon Partnership Lines For Life Suicide Lifeline and Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255. All are staffed 24-hours a day and offer confidential crisis assistance.
Salem Police investigating fatal accident-UPDATE - 11/21/13
*** UPDATE ***
The deceased victim in this incident has now been identified as 42-year Dawn J Vauthier of Salem
The other injured pedestrian has been identified as 47-year old George R Cook of Salem. He was transported to Salem Hospital with serious injuries, but his medical status is unknown at this time.
The driver of the vehicle involved is 28-year old Joshua Shelton of Independence. Mr Shelton was operating a 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix.
There have been no citations nor arrests and the investigation remains under investigation.
At 9:00 p.m., Salem Police responded to a report of a serious motor vehicle collision involving a single vehicle striking two pedestrians in the 1900 block of Edgewater St NW. When officers arrived, one of the pedestrians was deceased at the scene. The other pedestrian was transported to Salem Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver of the motor vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is presently investigating the accident. Edgewater St NW at Eola Dr NW is closed as well as the off-ramp from Hwy 22 to Edgewater St NW. Additional information will be made available as the investigation continues.
Suspect Charged With Sexual Assault In Wallace Marine Park
A young woman was sexually assaulted in Wallace Marine Park, 200 Glen Creek Rd NW, just after 3:00 PM Sunday. Jack Wayne Hamilton, 45 years of age, was arrested Sunday evening at his residence in the 1000 block of Howard St SE. Hamilton is a white male, 5'05", 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has been charged with Rape I, Sodomy I, Unlawful Sexual Penetration I, Sexual Abuse I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Interference with Making a Report. He has been lodged into the Polk County Jail.
The Salem Police Department has determined that Hamilton approached at least one other female in the park prior to the assault. It is believed there may be other witnesses who have not been contacted by the police.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to telephone Detective Mark Williamson at (503)540-2350.
Salem Police Investigating Homicide-Suspect in Custody - 11/13/13
*** UPDATE-HOMICIDE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY ***
44-year old Keizer resident Farouk A Eldabaa, aka-Alex, has been taken into custody in connection with the murder of Eric P Davis at the NORPAC plant in south Salem this morning. Detectives continue to follow up on investigative information, but there are no other outstanding suspects in the case at this time.
No further information is available at this time. All further media information on this case will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney Jody Bureta, 503-588-5222.
*** UPDATE ***
The homicide victim that was found this morning at the NORPAC Plant in South Salem has been identified as 46-year old Eric P Davis of Dallas. Mr Davis was an employee at the NORPAC plant.
An autopsy is currently being conducted and no further information is available at this time.
Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a homicide.
Workers arriving at the NORPAC plant at 2325 Madrona Ave SE at approximately 5:40 am this morning discovered a deceased male in the parking lot.
No further details are available at this time.
Salem Police To Recognize Employees in Awards Ceremony - 11/12/13
*** UPDATE ***
The Salem Police Department held its Fall Awards Ceremony on November 7 at Louck's Auditorium at the Salem Public Library. The ceremony, hosted by Chief Jerry Moore, recognized members of the agency for accomplishments and actions that have gone above and beyond the "normal" everyday duties in our profession.
Communications Specialist II/Training Officer Ronald McHenry was recognized for 20 years of service, and Communications Specialist II Corey Henderson was recognized for 30 years of service to the Salem community.
Corporal Donald Chuhlantseff and Officer John Stackhouse received Letters of Recognition for their actions on May 31, 2013 in performing CPR on an unconscious infant until medics could arrive and assisting medics until the infant could be transported to the hospital.
Detective Sean Bennett was presented with a Distinguished Service Award. Detective Bennett has many years of experience in narcotics investigations and recognized the need for public education in the area of prescription drug abuse in or community. Detective Bennett developed a series of questions to ask of those with addiction issues in order to help identify the problem. Additionally, he spent countless hours doing research to develop a comprehensive presentation that he has done for numerous community groups and professionals. His efforts have helped members of our community to be aware of this issue and have helped impact this dangerous trend.
Corporal Darren Mumey was presented with a Life Saving Award for his actions on January 13, 2013. Cpl Mumey was dispatched to a report of a traffic crash where the driver was not conscious, had no pulse and was not breathing. Upon his arrival at the scene, Cpl Mumey immediately began CPR by doing chest compressions. Once medics arrived on scene they were able to re-establish a pulse on the victim after the second defibrillation. The victim was transported to the hospital and survived the incident. Medics credited Cpl Mumey's quick actions and skillful administering of CPR chest compressions with saving the life of the victim.
Corporal Ryan Demmer was recognized with the Medal of Valor based on his actions on the evening of October 12, 2012 when he responded to a report of a suicidal subject who was armed with a handgun. As officers were checking the area for the subject they heard a gunshot in the area, then saw a subject matching the description of the subject approaching them on foot. The subject had his hand behind his back and refused to comply with officers' commands to show his hands. The subject then suddenly pulled a loaded handgun from behind his back and pointed it in the direction of Cpl Demmer. Cpl Demmer was faced with a sudden potential life or death situation and fired his weapon at the subject, striking him in the process. This incident occurred on a crowded residential street with several citizens in the area, and Cpl Demmer's actions assured the safety of the innocent bystanders as well as other officers on the scene.
Sergeant Jason Van Meter, Officer Ben Ruddell and Officer Brian Bidiman were recognized with Medals of Valor for their actions on September 13, 2012 when they responded to a suspicious activity call possibly involving an armed subject. As officers arrived on the scene a male fled on foot from the scene and a rifle was found near where he had been standing. Through determined police work, officers were able to determine the identity of the suspect who had fled and learned that he is a convicted felon who is not allowed to be in possession of firearms, and he also had outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. Officers were able to determine that the suspect had entered a particular residence and began a search in the residence for the suspect. While searching the residence for the suspect, Officers Ruddell and Bidiman encountered the suspect hiding in a closet. As Officer Ruddell opened the door, the suspect pointed a handgun directly at Officer Ruddell and pulled the trigger. Officer Ruddell was able to take evasive action and return fire at the suspect as Officer Bidiman and Sgt Van Meter also returned fire at the suspect. The suspect was struck in the exchange and was transported to the hospital. None of the officers were hurt. This was obviously a dangerous and desperate felon, and the actions of Sgt Van Meter, Officer Ruddell and Officer Bidiman resulted in the suspect being taken into custody while preventing injury to others.
Please join Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore in honoring Salem Police employees in an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 7 at 3:00 pm at Louck's Auditorium at the Salem Public Library.
The ceremony will recognize Salem Police employees who have distinguished themselves through their actions and accomplishments within the department and in our community.