PUBLIC SAFETY

Man and teen accused of robbing US Market at gunpoint

Salem police on Tuesday arrested a man and teen accused of robbing the US Market on Southeast 12th Street with semi-automatic rifles the night before. 

Barry Lloyd James Johnson, 23, has been charged with first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and felon in possession of a firearm, court records filed Wednesday with the Marion County Circuit Court showed. The court records showed over $1,000 worth of property was stolen.

A Salem police SWAT team arrested Johnson and a 16-year-old boy while serving a warrant at an apartment on the 1200 block of Southeast Peace Street, the Salem Police Department said in a release Wednesday. 

During the search police found two semi-automatic rifles, ammunition, and some of the merchandise stolen from the US Market on Monday.  

Two young men went into the US Market on 2904 12th St. S.E. on June 24 demanding cash and merchandise, police said. Employees later called police and said they were robbed at gunpoint. Officers got to the store at about 10 p.m. but by then the duo had already fled the store in a vehicle that was later found to be stolen. 

Johnson was taken to the Marion County Jail and is still in custody according to the Marion County Jail website. The 16-year-old boy was taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center. 

In June of 2023, Johnson was charged and convicted for felony strangulation in connection with a domestic violence incident which occurred in July 2022. 

Contact reporter Joe Siess: [email protected] or 503-335-7790.

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Joe Siess is a reporter for Salem Reporter. Joe joined Salem Reporter in 2024 and primarily covers city and county government but loves surprises. Joe previously reported for the Redmond Spokesman, the Bulletin in Bend, Klamath Falls Herald and News and the Malheur Enterprise. He was born in Independence, MO, where the Oregon Trail officially starts, and grew up in the Kansas City area.