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Third suspect, 15, accused of robbing south Salem US Market at gunpoint

Police have arrested a teenager accused of robbing a South Salem convenience store at gunpoint last week with two other people.

A Salem Police Department SWAT team arrested the 15-year-old boy early Wednesday morning without incident at his home in the 4300 block of Northeast Burlington Loop, near the North Lancaster neighborhood, the agency said in a news release.

The boy was lodged in the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on allegations of first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, menacing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Salem police do not typically identify minors involved in criminal investigations. Juvenile court records are generally confidential under state law.

Police arrested 23-year-old Barry L. Johnson, Jr., and a 16-year-old boy last week in connection with the robbery. Salem police said Wednesday that no other suspects remain outstanding.

Police said that the suspects went into the US Market on 2904 12th St. S.E. on June 24, demanding cash and merchandise while wielding semi-automatic rifles. 

A Marion County grand jury indicted Johnson on two counts of first-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a vehicle and possessing a firearm as a felon. He remained at Marion County Jail as of Wednesday.

Marion County court records showed that over $1,000 worth of property was stolen.

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Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.