A Mexican national living in Moab is facing deportation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after being charged with residential burglary, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of theft and assault.
Jorge Alvarado Salazar, 32, was arrested Friday, Jan. 26 after officers from Moab Police Department responded to a report of a burglary. According to a statement from the victim, she identified Salazar as the suspect and described him as fleeing her apartment complex on Kane Creek Boulevard in a grey Mustang GT.
“[The] victim informed us that Jorge Alvardo Salazar entered her home through the window and took her daughter’s tablet,” the police report stated. “When we looked outside the window we noticed the two screen windows were on the ground, one from the bedroom window and one from the living room window, as well as three blind slats in front of the living room window. The victim told us that she was dating the suspect but he had not been at her house in a week.”
According to officers, the victim also stated that Salazar tried to leave the apartment after being caught and that he pushed her out of the way forcefully when she stepped between him and the door.
After taking the victim’s report, MPD officers and deputies from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office began a search for the Mustang allegedly driven by Salazar. A deputy located the vehicle in a trailer park on Williams Way approximately 15 minutes later and a search for Salazar began in earnest, according to the report. As officers were preparing to call off their search Salazar reportedly appeared from a door of one of the trailers and asked an MPD officer, “You guys looking for me?”
While an MPD officer attempted to detain Salazar in handcuffs pending their investigation, he reportedly gave “some resistance” to the placing of handcuffs on his wrists. At that time an officer unholstered his taser, which caused Salazar to stop resisting. While in custody, Salazar allegedly told officers he had taken a digital tablet belonging to the victim’s daughter from the home and admitted the tablet was inside the Mustang. Salazar also reportedly told officers that he took the tablet only after looking for a cell phone he claimed the victim took from him the night before.
Salazar was booked into the Grand County Jail on the three local charges and is now facing a detainer from ICE, meaning federal law enforcement officers may arrest him at some point in the future for possible deportation. According to law enforcement officials in Moab, Salazar is a native of Villa Hidalgo in the Mexican state of Jalisco and he allegedly came to the United States most recently in 2008. An investigation by The Times-Independent determined Salazar has made repeated attempts to enter the U.S illegally and is ineligible for a green card.