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Rene Ybarra, 37, has been charged in nine different cases since Sept. 21, 2018

A Salem man with a lengthy criminal history was arrested after punching a Woodburn man and taking his car on July 31.

COURTESY PHOTO: MARION COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Rene YbarraRene Ybarra, 37, was apprehended after hiding in a restaurant bathroom by Woodburn police on Aug. 6, one week after he allegedly confronted a Woodburn man in his vehicle at the 100 block of Grant Street. The victim reported that an unknown man, later identified as Ybarra, approached him in his vehicle and punched him, then physically removed him from the car.

Ybarra fled in the vehicle before police arrived and was later identified by nearby surveillance video.

The victim did not require medical attention.

A week later, the victim identified his vehicle parked at the 30 block of Pacific Highway with Ybarra inside and contacted Woodburn police, who responded to the scene. Ybarra fled into a nearby restaurant and hid in the bathroom, where witnesses alerted police to his location.

Ybarra was taken into custody without incident and charged with counts of third degree robbery, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, harassment, possession of methamphetamine, parole violation and hit and run.

Ybarra was arrested on additional charges of second degree theft and interfering with a peace officer in conjunction with a May 17 incident in which he allegedly stole more than $100 worth of merchandise from a Macy's department store in Salem.

The arrests were the latest in a long list of crimes Ybarra has been charged with over the past decade, including theft, assault, drunk driving and possession of methamphetamine.

In total, Ybarra has been charges in nine different cases since Sept. 21, 2018 and more than two dozen cases since 2000.

He is currently being held at Marion County Jail.


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