Three men are in police custody following an overnight burglary in Keizer Tuesday morning.
Keizer Police were called to a home in the 6400 block of 14th Avenue NE at about 3:23 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, “at what appeared to be a burglary in progress at a private residence there,” according to Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns. The person said they heard loud noises and glass breaking. A second call came from the victim’s home, who was reporting the suspects had tried to get into his home, but he was able to deter them with his gun.
“He basically protected himself and his property,” Kuhns said, adding no weapons were fired in the incident and no one was hurt.
Kuhns added there’s “no reason to believe this is a random act,” but didn’t say why this home in particular may have been targeted.
The suspects had left the scene in a red and white sport utility vehicle driving northbound on 14th Avenue NE.
Keizer Police officers, along with police from Salem and Marion County, searched the neighborhood as witnesses were calling 911 to report seeing them in the neighborhood.
Two suspects were located and detained. Officers believe the two got out of the suspect vehicle attempting to elude officers, but were caught on foot. The vehicle itself – a 1987 Ford Bronco – was found in the 6400 block of Tepper Parkway and will be searched.
The two men – Julio Cesar Luna, 30, and James Michael Harris, 21, both of Mill City – were both detained. Both face charges of conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, while Luna had a statewide felony warrant for parole violation. Both men could face additional charges.
Another man – Scott Farler, 40 – was arrested in Salem under suspicion of a separate incident. Police said a man shot a 23-year-old at a Campbell Drive SE apartment complex in what was believed to be an attempt to steal medical marijuana. Farler is Harris’ father, Salem Police noted.
Salem Police said Farler – who faces charges from Salem Police of robbery, assault, unlawful use and unlawful possession of a firearm – was wanted by the Keizer Police Department in the 14th Avenue burglary. Keizer Police have also charged Farler with conspiracy to commit burglary.