A tip to the Salem Police Department has resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old Salem man wanted for armed robbery and theft. And as he was booked, narcotics were found which led to further charges.


On Monday, March 3rd, officers from the Salem Police Department served a search warrant at 303 West Market Street in Salem as the part of an ongoing investigation into the home invasion and robbery of an elderly man in Salem and arrested James Lanham, 27, 303 West Market Street, Salem.

Lanham was charged with  Robbery, Class B Felony; Burglary, Class A Felony and theft, Class D Felony. During the book-in process, narcotics were found on him and will result in the following additional charges:Possession of hypodermic needle,  D Felony and Possession of a Schedule I Substance (Heroin) within 1000 of a school, a C Felony

On evening of Friday, February 28th, 2014, the Salem Police received a phone call from an elderly individual in the West Market Street area who reported that he had been robbed at gunpoint.

The man said an unknown individual had entered his home, pushed him down and taken several items from his home.  The elderly man was injured in the incident.  The suspect then fled on foot with several valuable items.

As police were talking to James Lanham, age 27, they noticed several items matching the description of the stolen articles in the apartment.  A search warrant was acquired and the residence was secured.

Upon the search of the residence, police located the items that were taken from the home invasion.

Lanham was taken to the Salem Police Department and interviewed.  During the interview, he confessed to the robbery.  He was then arrested and charged.