By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
The man arrested in a pharmacy robbery earlier this month may also have been involved in two other robberies at a north Salem fast food restaurant, documents show.
The accused was already in custody on suspicion of twice robbing the McDonald’s at 2830 Broadway Street NE when Keizer Police decided to charge him with the April 13 robbery at the Safeway pharmacy in Keizer.
The charges came after the agency released several surveillance photos of the suspect. Tips coming into the agency identified him by name, according to Capt. Jeff Kuhns of Keizer Police. Follow-up from Det. Vaughn Edsall led to probable cause, Kuhns added.
According to a probable cause statement released by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect is accused of robbing McDonald’s on Tuesday, April 17, and again on Monday, April 23.
The suspect walked into McDonald’s on April 17, demanding money while pulling out a pocket knife and saying he had a gun. A store employee picked up a phone to call 911, the statement reads, but the suspect rushed over and told him to put the phone down. The suspect then held the victim at knifepoint while he opened a safe, police said. The suspect then turned off power to the store, and the victims fled through a drive-thru window.
The suspect was caught during another robbery at the same McDonald’s on Monday, April 23, the statement reads.
In the Safeway robbery, police responded to the store, located at 4990 River Road N., at about 8:35 p.m. Friday, April 13. Officers were told a man entered the business, went to the pharmacy window and demanded painkillers. He said he had a gun. After receiving the pills, he fled the store.
Arrested was Patrick S. Baker, 35, for robbery and theft, both in the second degree, in the Keizer incident. He also faces two additional first-degree robbery from Salem Police. He was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility.