Salem Police Arrest Two Armed Robbery Suspects

A pair of Salem men are facing charges stemming from an alleged armed robbery on Harbor Street Wednesday night.

Salem police officers arrested two local men Wednesday night and charged them with robbing another man at knifepoint.

Police identified their suspects as John Diaz, 20, of 11 Harbor St., Salem, and Eric Rentas, 25, of 3 Roslyn Ct., Salem.

Both are now facing charges of armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife) and assault with a dangerous weapon (knife), police said. 

Shortly before 10 p.m., police responded to a reported armed robbery on Harbor Street. A short while later, officers located Diaz and Rentas and placed them under arrest in connection with the crime, according to police.

Lt. Marty Butler said the male victim was reportedly robbed of $80 cash.

Diaz and Rentas are expected to be arraigned in Salem District Court Thursday morning.

Salem Patch will be posting additional information as it becomes available.

John Merrett January 10, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Ban knives
Bob January 10, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Ya ban knives and ban those who use them by sending "home". Just saying.


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