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Man in custody after SWAT standoff in Salem - 02/23/24

On Thursday afternoon, February 22, 2024, around 4:30 p.m., law enforcement personnel from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a residence on Hollywood Drive NE in Salem after a 911 caller reported a man had brandished a knife.  The victim was able to get away safely from the residence.   

When deputies arrived, the suspect retreated inside his residence and refused to come out. He was identified as David Sotelo of Salem. Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT was activated.  Trained negotiators were able to get David to surrender peacefully, after over four hours of negotiations.  No force was used and there were no injuries during this incident. A knife was recovered at the scene. 

David Sotelo (46) was lodged at the Marion County Jail for charges including Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Stalking, and Attempted Burglary in the 1st Degree. He was scheduled for arraignment on February 23rd, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. Special thank you to the Oregon State Police and Woodburn Police Department for their assistance.

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Man in custody after short disturbance this morning at the Marion County Courthouse (Photo) - 02/14/24

Around 7:30 a.m. this morning, February 14, 2024, Judicial Security Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office contacted a male in a tent on the front porch of the Marion County Courthouse. The tent had been placed next to the front entrance of the building, where building visitors enter and proceed through security screening. The man told deputies he had a gun and refused to exit the tent. 

The front entrance of the courthouse was placed on lockdown and law enforcement officers from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Salem Police, and Oregon State Police responded. A trained negotiator from the Sheriff’s Office was on scene and attempted to get the suspect to surrender peacefully. Ultimately, the suspect refused to surrender and was tased prior to being taken into custody. Fortunately, there were no injuries during this morning’s incident, though as a precaution the man was evaluated by medics at the scene. No firearm was recovered.

The man involved in this incident, James Allen Boyles (54) has been lodged at the Marion County Jail for charges including Menacing, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing Judicial Administration, and Trespass in the 2nd Degree. He is scheduled for arraignment on February 15th, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. 

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Washington sexual assault suspect pleads guilty; Investigators seeking information on any additional victims (Photo) - 02/08/24

Washington sexual assault suspect pleads guilty; Investigators seeking information on any additional victims

On January 30th, 2024, a Washington man pled guilty in Marion County Circuit Court in connection with a 2023 sexual assault. The investigation was conducted by detectives from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the case was prosecuted by Marion County Deputy District Attorney Katharine Semple. 

Ronald Junior Collins II, 34, pled guilty to multiple charges, including:

• Rape in the First Degree

• Strangulation (2 counts)

• Assault in the Fourth Degree (2 counts)

Collins was sentenced to 100 months in the Department of Corrections. 

The investigation into this incident began in February 2023. Detectives learned Collins met his victim online. Collins was arrested in Washington state in June 2023 and extradited to Marion County. 

Due to the nature of the crimes, investigators believe there may be additional victims in Oregon and Washington. Investigators are asking anyone who may have been a victim to report this activity to their local law enforcement. Anonymous tips can be submitted by texting TIPMCSO and your tip to 847411.