By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Two men were arrested in Salem late Tuesday night on charges including robbery, burglary, extortion and methamphetamine delivery after threatening to kill a Keizer man’s family in Mexico, police said.
Members of the Salem Police S.W.A.T. team along with Keizer Police officers arrested the pair at a home at 3813 45th Avenue NE after obtaining search warrants for the home and a vehicle parked outside. The two men were detained without incident.
They stand accused of threatening the family of a man on Kennedy Circle NE. The victim said his family and the two suspects are from the same village in Mexico. The victim was told his brother in Mexico would be killed unless he gave the suspects either $4,000 cash or the keys and title to his vehicle, according to Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns.
One pushed his way into the man’s residence, continuing to threaten him until the victim got outside and asked a neighbor to call police, authorities said, adding one suspect lifted his shirt to show a handgun tucked into his waistband.
At the victim’s request, officers subsequently responded to an address in the 8000 block of Portland Road NE where the victim’s mother lives. A woman at the home told officers the two men had just left her home in a mid-2000s grey Chevrolet, police said.
The woman said she saw an altercation between another woman and a suspect on Portland Road. Police were told the suspect was using abusive language toward the second woman, repeatedly threatening to have her two sons living in Mexico killed.
“(The woman) told officers that she is fearful for her sons’ safety because of the threats made to her by the suspect,” Kuhns said. “She said that they are all from the same village in Mexico and that she believes he has the will and ability to carry out this threat.”
Arrested were Salvador Gutierrez, 25, of Los Angeles, and Aquileo Tinoco-Bedolla, 34, of Salem. Charges for both included first-degree robbery and burglary, extortion, coercion, harassment, possession and delivery of methamphetamine and attempted unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Both were lodged at the Marion County Jail.