The suspect in a violent home invasion robbery from Monterey County was caught July 27th in Merced. The suspect, Alfonso Salazar of San Ardo, is being charged with a variety of firearms charges and attempted murder.
Salazar, a three time convicted felon, originally invaded Benjamin Perez’s home July 24th on 62328 Center Street in San Ardo. Upon entering the residence, he shot Perez in the chest with a sawed-off shot gun and subsequently escaped the scene before authorities arrived.
After Monterey County deputies issued a warrant for Salazar’s arrest, authorities learned that Salazar was in the Merced area preparing to cross state lines to avoid prosecution. Once the Merced Police Department was given this information, Salazar was located and arrested without incident at a Merced motel room he had rented.
When asked how the Merced PD located Salazar, Lt. Tom Trindad attributed it “to good old-fashioned police work.”
“The officer observed a vehicle with a mechanical violation and the officer ran the license plate,” said Lt. Trindad, “The license plate came back with a hit for a subject wanted in connection with an attempt homicide out of Monterey County…as they say, the rest is history.”
Upon searching Salazar’s room, investigators found ammunition and multiple firearms, including the sawed-off shotgun that Salazar had used in the robbery. Salazar waived extradition and was transported back to the Monterey County Jail to await court proceedings.
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