Deputies: Man on drugs storms into Salem home, bites residents

Intruder attacks father, son and deputies

SALEM, Ore. – Deputies arrested a man they believe was under the influence of an unknown narcotic when he stormed into a Salem home, and attacked the homeowner and his son.

The attack at the home in the 3700 block of State Street Southeast was first reported at around 6 p.m. The caller said he was fighting with a man he did not know and was trying to get him out of the house, according to Lt. Chris Baldridge of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The first deputy arrived to find the homeowner and his son holding down 25-year-old Mario Vega-Navarro, of Salem. The deputy attempted to detain Vega-Navarro but Vega-Navarro pulled away from the deputy. Two more deputies arrived and they were able to bring him to the ground, Baldridge said.

Vega-Navarro continued to push up his body, pull his hands away and treid to bite deputies as they attempted to place handcuffs on him. After several minutes, deputies were able to get the handcuffs on, according to Baldridge.

Paramedics were called to the scene and sedated Vega-Navarro before taking him to a hospital.

Deputies later learned that the homeowner and his son sustained bite injuries and bruises from Vega-Navarro’s attack.

Vega-Navarro will be booked into the Marion County Jail when he is medically cleared to leave the hospital. He is facing charges of burglary, assault and resisting arrest.


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