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News Release
Armed Robber Arrested - 09/14/21

Salem, Ore. — On September 14, 2021 at approximately 1:00 am the Salem Police Department received a “hold-up” alarm from Cooper’s Deli at 1541 Hawthorne Av NE. As officers approached the location, they saw a man exit the Deli and walk in the direction of the responding officers. When the man saw the officers he quickly turned and went the opposite direction. 

Officers began to follow the man on foot, who then started to run as he was reaching into his back-pocket area. 

After a short chase, the man complied with commands and was detained. The man, later identified as Dannie Kay Alston, age 70 of Salem, had in his possession a loaded .22 caliber pistol.  

Officers reviewed store video surveillance and confirmed Alston had robbed the deli.  Officers recovered the stolen property and returned it to the owners. He was lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility on the following charges:

  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Felon in possession of a firearm

Alston is scheduled to be arraigned at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex at 2:30 pm today. Any further questions should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office. 



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