Salem Police Investigators Make Arrest in Attempted Abductions

Posted on August 2, 2020

Salem Police Dept. – 08/01/20 11:22 AM

Salem Police detectives have made an arrest in the attempted abductions of female employees at two local coffee stands.  On August 1st, 2020, at 6:30am, the suspect, identified as 39 year old Christopher Ryan Santibanez, was taken into custody without incident by the Salem Police SWAT team at his residence in Independence, Oregon. He was later transported to the Marion County Correctional Facility on multiple charges, including Robbery in the First Degree, Kidnapping in the First Degree, and Felon in Possession.

On July 25th, 2020 between 5:30am and 6:30am, Santibanez approached two different coffee stands and displayed a handgun, demanding the female employees leave with him, while trying to gain entry into the stands. In both incidents, the females were able to get away from the suspect and call 911. A third coffee stand, The Human Bean, located on Commercial St SE, later reported a similar male attempting to gain entry into their business on the same day.

Surveillance video was located near the crime scenes. A photograph of the male suspect was later released to the public with a request for assistance in identifying him. Salem investigators received numerous tips which identified Santibanez as the male in the photograph.

The Salem Police Department thanks the public for their assistance in identifying the suspect in this case.

Anyone with information related to this investigation can call the Salem Police TIPS line at 503-588-8477.

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