Independence man arrested in Salem attempted kidnappings

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Christopher Ryan Santibanez faces multiple charges

Christopher Ryan Santibanez is accused of attempted kidnappings from Salem coffee stands, August 1, 2020 (Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man sought for 2 attempted kidnappings from Salem coffee stands was arrested early Saturday at his home in Independence, Salem police said.

Christopher Ryan Santibanez was taken into custody around 6:30 a.m. by the Salem police SWAT team, officials said. He now faces first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and being a felon in possession of a weapon charges.

Surveillance photo of attempted abduction suspect. July 25, 2020 (Salem Police)

The arrest of the 39-year-old came one week after the July 25 incidents.

The first attempted abduction happened when a man walked up to a Dutch Brothers coffee stand on Commercial Street SE around 5:30 a.m. that day. Police said he pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at a woman working, and tried to get her to leave with him. A co-worker intervened and was able to scare off the suspect.

An hour later, police said a man of a similar description walked up to a Java Crew stand on Wallace Road NW and tried to grab a woman who was working inside. She was able to run away from the suspect. Police said the suspect also ran from the scene.

Later, another coffee stand reported a similar incident where an armed man tried to get into the business.

KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.

Surveillance photos of a man suspected of trying to abduct two women from two different coffee stands in Salem. July 25, 2020 (Salem Police)

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