2 Salem teens arrested for stabbing death in crime spree

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by Michael Rollins / KGW

NWCN.com

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 30 at 8:54 PM

SALEM -- Two Salem teens were accused Monday of stabbing a man to death after a Sunday morning crime spree that included theft of beer, another knife assault and taunts to begin a fight.

Andy Huerta, 18, and Martin Covarrubia-Rivera, 16, were also accused of first-degree assault.

Detectives with Salem police told KGW that the series of incidents began as "a beer run" to a convenience store with the two, and another 16-year-old.

About 6 a.m., Salem police were dispatched to a report of a man stumbling, then collapsing at Lancaster Mall, 831 NE Lancaster Drive, just outside the Regal Cinemas. They found Austreberto Morales, 68, dead of a stab wound.

At about the same time, Marion County sheriff's deputies were sent to a report of a stabbing outside the Firebird Lanes in the 4300 block of Center St. NE. Robert E. Marsh Jr., 46, was taken to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

A few minutes after that, deputies were dispatched to a report of men trying to pick a fight at a home near the bowling alley. The suspects had just left when deputies arrived, but they were taken into custody a short distance away.

The trio were all tied to the beer theft, the murder, the second knife attack and the near fight, police said.

The three are gang members, police said, but their victims were not, and the knife attacks were stranger-to-stranger.

Police said there don't appear to be any other suspects still at large.

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