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Jun-19-2009 04:00printcommentsVideo

Salem Police Arrest Man in Coffee Shop Armed Robbery (VIDEO)

"The person involved had a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk." - Cpl. Dennis Keena, Salem Police

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Photo and video by Tim King Salem-News.com

(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem Police were called to the scene of an armed robbery Thursday night at Coffee in Motion, on Mission in South Salem.

Corporal Dennis Keena with Salem Police, says a number of officers responded.

"The person involved had a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk."

It took about an hour and a half for police to locate the suspect, Keena said, with the help of a police dog.

"We set up a perimeter and used a canine to track the suspect to a house here on Rural."

He says good team work from police and cooperation from the witness at the armed robbery helped officers get an idea who the suspect may be.

"We eventually came up with the name of an individual who might possibly be involved, the person was inside the house and we arrested him for the armed robbery," Keena said.

22-year old Steven Edward Jones Jr. was arrested for first-degree Armed Robbery. However after two months, he was released from jail because he was not the actual suspect in the robbery.

He was transported to the Marion County Jail, and held until just before the birth of his first child.

Note: The video that accompanied this story has been removed, because of the fact that Steven Edward Jones Jr. was not the suspect involved in this crime.


Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor.
Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), the first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several other awards including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website, affiliated with Google News and several other major search engines and news aggregators.
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Tatiana Jones May 16, 2011 2:28 pm (Pacific time)

thank you for taking down the video this was a very hard time in our life and it was very traumatic to my family and unborn child

Editor: We regret being drawn into this, and I'll tell you that the Salem cop who made the arrest was an absolute jerk to me that night too, he needs to be gone with the wind.  If you guys are interested I will write a follow up story, I owe you that.  Hopefully you guys have a lawyer and are not missing any deadlines.  It seems clear to me that they owe you big.  


KptKirk August 14, 2009 1:35 pm (Pacific time)

Not so good... They got the wrong man. And that poor innocent man was in jail for nearly 2-months! It seams that they've finally caught the true criminals that have been free doing goodness knows what for the last few months.


Mike H. June 19, 2009 12:02 pm (Pacific time)

Yay, they caught one, usually the case is they get away and police are asking for help seeing if anyone can identify them. Good job Salem Police.

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