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Disturbance in Keizer Becomes International Crime Investigation: Two ArrestedVideo by Jerry Freeman Salem-News.com
Suspects charged with First Degree Robbery, Burglary and Attempted Theft (Extortion).
(KEIZER, OR) - Keizer Police responded to a disturbance call last night and ended up making arrests in what turned out to be an international case involving alleged death threats against a victim's family members in Mexico.
Before it was over, police officers arrested Salvador Gutierrez of Los Angeles, California, and Aquileo Tinoco-Bedolla of Salem. They face numerous charges.
The following is a rundown of the events from Keizer PD's Captain Jeff Kuhns:
On July 10, 2012 at about at about 11:12 a.m. members of the Keizer Police Department responded to a call of a disturbance that was occurring at 2063 Kennedy Circle NE, Keizer.
Upon the officers arrival two male suspects had already left the area in a vehicle. Officers spoke with the victim who was identified as Mr. Edgar Vazquez-Almanza.
He told them the two suspects threatened that they would kill his brother in Mexico unless Edgar Vazquez-Almanza gave them either $4,000 cash or the keys and title to his vehicle.
Mr. Edgar Vazquez-Almanza told officers that the suspects are from the same village in Mexico that he and his family are from, and where some of his brothers still reside.
He said he believes the suspects do have connections in Mexico that would allow them to follow through with their threat of having his brother killed.
Mr. Edgar Vazquez-Almanza reported that during the disturbance one of the suspects pushed him into his residence, and then followed him in, pushing him again while continuing to make threats.
Mr. Edgar Vazquez-Almanza told officers he was able to get outside his residence where he went over to a neighbor's window and knocked on it, asking them to call the police.
Mr. Edgar Vazquez-Almanza said that as the suspects left, the second male suspect lifted up his shirt in the back, and revealed a handgun tucked into his waistband.
Mr. Edgar Vazquez-Almanza stated that the second suspect also entered his house after the first suspect pushed him (Edgar Vazquez-Almanza) inside, but didn't say anything.
After initially speaking with the victim he told officers he was concerned for his mother's safety, so officers responded to 8765 Portland Road NE, Brooks at his request.
As officers arrived, they saw a female, later identified as Ms. Gabriela Almanza, approaching them with a phone to her ear and pointing south, eventually telling them the suspects (later determined to be the same suspects) had just driven away.
Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle at that time. It was described as an approximately 2007 grey Chevrolet. Ms. Gabriela Almanza told officers that she witnessed a verbal altercation between Ms. Margarita Almanza-Garcia and the suspect on Portland Road.
Officers were told that the suspect came around the back side of a taco truck that is parked at this location, and it appeared that Ms. Margarita Almanza-Garcia knew the suspect.
Ms. Gabriela Almanza reported that the suspect was speaking in Spanish, using threatening and profane language toward Margarita Almanza-Garcia, and repeatedly over the course of 10 minutes threatened to contact people in Mexico and have her two sons there murdered the next time they were seen.
Officers were told that the second male suspect stayed in driver's seat of the vehicle during most of this confrontation.
Margarita Almanza-Garcia told officers that she is fearful for her sons' safety because of the threats that were made to her by the suspect. 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 his threat.
Through follow-up investigation, detectives later found the suspect vehicle parked and unoccupied at a residence located at 3813 45th Avenue NE, Salem. Detectives obtained two search warrants, one for the suspect vehicle and one for the residence late last evening.
The Keizer Police Department requested the Salem Police Department S.W.A.T. Team serve the search warrants. S.W.A.T. arrived at 3813 45th Avenue NE after 10:00 p.m. and began efforts to serve the search warrants.
Two suspects were ordered out of the residence and were detained without incident a short time thereafter.
They were identified as Salvador Gutierrez and Aquileo Tinoco-Bedolla. Salvador Gutierrez told officers he resides in Los Angeles, California while Aquileo Tinoco-Bedolla resides in Salem.
Both individuals were interviewed by detectives and were arrested for the crimes alleged above. They were both transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility where they were lodged.
Anyone having additional information about either of these incidents are asked to contact Detective Dmitry White at 503-390-3713 Ext. 3462
The charges against the two men are listed in detail below courtesy of Captain Kuhns:
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