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Two Arrested After Armed Robbery at Salem Tavern

The suspects were located by Salem Police walking away from their car on Interstate 5.

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(SALEM, Ore. ) - Last night, Marion County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the parking lot of the Silver Dollar Tavern located at 375 Lancaster Dr SE on a reported armed robbery.

The victim, 45-year-old Michael Gene Evanoff, was confronted by two suspects one was armed with a handgun.

The suspects took the victims wallet and left in a vehicle toward the Santiam Regal Theater parking lot.

The victim followed them in his car and as he approached the Theater parking lot he heard what sounded like a single gun shot, however, he did not observe any shots being fired.

He continued to follow the suspects in their vehicle to Interstate 5 and Kuebler St SE at which time the suspects parked the car and began to walk toward the freeway.

The victim continued on stopping at a phone to call 911.

The suspects were located by Salem Police walking away from the car.

Subsequent investigation by the sheriff's office and Salem Police led to the recovery of the weapon.

23-year-old Luis Esquivel-Avalo was charged with First Degree Robbery, Felon in Possession of a weapon and parole violation.

22-year-old Juan Calderilla-Duran was also charged with First Degree Robbery and parole violation.

The incident is still under investigation by the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

No one in this incident was injured.

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