By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
Keizer police have made a second arrest in the strong-arm robbery of Shari’s Cafe and Pies in December.
On Jan. 4, Ranson Alfred, 25, of Keizer was interviewed and arrested in connection with the robbery that took place on Dec. 7. During the robbery, two men pushed a manager to the ground before making off with one of the business’ cash drawers that contained $400.
According to a probable cause statement, Alfred told Keizer Det. Ben Howden he and Brandon Thompson entered the restaurant with the intent to rob it. Alfred said the plan was for him to cash in a lottery ticket and for Thompson to take the cash drawer once it was open.
Thompson was arrested on Dec. 11 when police were led to the Keizer Quality Inn & Suites after a single-vehicle crash on River Road North. Officers responded to the hotel to follow up on the investigation and recognized another man, Brandon J. Thompson, in the hotel lobby wanted for questioning by the Keizer Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit in the Shari’s robbery.
Alfred has been charged with robbery and theft and is being held at the Marion County Correctional Facility on $25,000 bail.
Alfred’s arrest marks the third in a pair of robberies that took place in early December. The other was at Good Times Grill across the street from Shari’s. In that incident, two armed men approached an employee of the store, demanded money and fled the scene.
James Libokmeto was arrested in connection with the Good Times robbery on Dec. 14.
Anyone having any information about the incident at Good Times incident is asked to contact Howden at 503-856-3525. Investigators ask anyone who resides or has a business with security or surveillance cameras in the immediate vicinity of the Good Times Grill to review their recordings to see if either suspect can be seen.
Tips can also be submitted by email to Tips@keizer.org. Persons providing information can remain anonymous. Reference Keizer Police Department incident no. 17-5115 for the Good Times robbery.