Man robbed at gunpoint in online car sale, suspect arrested

Marion County

Deputies arrested a 20-year-old Salem man accused of multiple armed robberies

A mugshot of Josiah Cervantes (right) and a still image taken from surveillance video of an armed robbery suspect (right), Oct. 31, 2019. (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Deputies arrested a man linked to 2 armed robberies in the Salem area.

The first robbery happened Friday in the 6000 block of Witzel Road SE. The victim was robbed at gunpoint after trying to buy a car from a seller he met on the “Let Go” app, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

Another similar armed robbery took place the next day in the 6600 block of Ganon Street SE, deputies said.

No one was hurt during the crimes.

Surveillance video helped investigators identify the suspect. Deputies arrested 20-year-old Josiah Cervantes at his home on Wednesday. Authorities said they also found a replica Glock pistol, a semi-automatic BB pistol and clothing Cervantes was wearing during the robberies.

Cervantes was booked into the Marion County Jail on charges of 1st-degree robbery, attempted robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and theft.

He was due to appear in court on Thursday afternoon.

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