Dasio Armando GonzalezKristian Mann
Two men who were being held on drug-related charges have now been indicted in the murder of a Salem man whose body was found in a crashed van near the Starbucks in Keizer Station last month.
Dasio Gonzalez, 21, of Salem and Kristian Mann, 21, of Keizer, were indicted on charges of murder, first degree robbery, and begin felons in possession of a firearm by a grand jury on Feb. 27.
Additionally, Mann was indicted for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer. Gonzalez was indicted for delivery of a controlled substance.
Court documents are scant on details, but say that the pair were attempting to rob victim, 21-year-old Oscar Martinez of Salem, and ended up killing him.
Martinez was found deceased in a smashed van Monday, Feb. 3, in the parking lot of the Keizer Station Starbucks, 2555 Jorie Lane N.E.
Upon arriving at the scene, police officers discovered the beige Chrysler van collided with parked cars before coming to a stop near a small island in the parking lot.
One caller to 9-1-1 reported seeing a male hanging out of the van and falling to the pavement where he was picked up by another vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed.
An autopsy performed by the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Martinez died of a gunshot wound.
Mann and Gonzalez were arrested the following day on drug charges, but held in connection with the murder.
According to the indictment, Mann was driving the getaway vehicle on a highway when police located the pair and then tried to elude them.
Gonzalez’s indictment states he was found in possession of a controlled substance that he planned to sell.
The men are next expected in the courtroom of Judge Audrey Broyles, for a status check, on March 9.