Police arrest suspects accused of stealing purses, hitting woman with vehicle
SALEM, Ore. – A man grabbed a woman’s purse inside a Salem Chipotle restaurant Sunday and then ran a woman over with a vehicle, police said in a probable cause affidavit.
The court document said two women, a mother and daughter, were eating lunch inside Chipotle when a man approached them, took their purses off the table they were sitting at and fled the restaurant.
The women told police they chased after the man and saw him get into a white, older sedan with another woman.
When one of the victims grabbed the driver’s side door handle, the woman driving the sedan drove forward, injuring the woman holding onto the handle, the document says.
The other woman said she stood in front of the car to prevent the theft suspect and driver from leaving. She said the woman continued to drive forward while she was standing in front of the car and hit her, the affidavit says.
Both women were taken to the Salem Hospital to treat their injuries.
A Salem police office investigated the case and collected surveillance footage from Chipotle.
An officer in the area where the crime occurred saw another woman who matched the description of a suspect associated with the white sedan. He followed her into Donatello’s Pizza and found the woman, Angel Rogers, trying to flush items taken from the stolen purse down the toilet.
There was a warrant for Rogers’ arrest and she was taken to the Salem Police Department on charges of unlawful use of a vehicle, a major traffic violation, two counts of first degree robbery, two counts of second degree robbery, and one count of second degree theft.
Rogers’ admitted she was in the white sedan when the woman drove away. She claimed the victim “jumped” on the hood of the car, the affidavit says.
Another officer later arrested Amanda Brown. He found her by identifying the registered owner of the suspect vehicle. The owner matched the description the women gave; the court document says.
When the officer arrested Brown, she said the woman she hit with her car had been crazy and attacking them. She was arrested on charges of two counts of first degree robbery, two counts of second degree robbery, and one count of second degree theft.
Police identified the man involved as Russell Lee Taylor. They found him when a resident reported a suspicious man in her backyard. He was arrested on two counts of first degree robbery, two counts of second degree robbery, and one count of second degree theft.