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  Drive by shooting suspect arrested

(May 29, 2011): The Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Centralia Police Detectives were notified by the U. S. Marshal’s Service that Colbert A. Salmeron, 24 was in custody in Houston, Texas. Salmeron was arrested at a Texas airport, shortly after arriving on a flight from El Salvador. Detectives obtained a warrant for Salmeron’s arrest after an investigation determined he was the primary suspect in a drive by shooting that occurred on August 26, 2006.  


In the late evening of that day, several individuals were standing around a pick-up truck parked in the parking lot of a fitness center in the 500 block of N. Tower Avenue. Witnesses reported that a red Ford Mustang drove by them, slowed down and one of the occupants fired several shots from a gun. One of the witnesses identified Salmeron as the alleged shooter. Evidence at the scene indicated that multiple shots were fired. The rounds struck two vehicles, shattering the window of one of them and a nearby building. No one was struck or injured by the bullets.


Salmeron was originally arrested in Inglewood, Calif., on the same warrant in September of 2006. At the time of his arrest he was allegedly being harbored by a family member. He was extradited back to Washington and subsequently released on bail. Salmeron failed to appear for his court date in May of 2007 and the warrant was re-issued. For the last four years, Centralia Detectives working with the co-operation of confidential sources, other local and state police agencies and the U.S. Marshal’s Service, tracked Salmeron to El Salvador.


Salmeron was also featured on an episode of America’s Most Wanted in February of this year. A tipster called the show and reported that Salmeron was in El Salvador at the home of a relative. U. S. Marshal’s contacted El Salvadoran authorities and advised them that Salmeron was wanted for a drive by shooting in the states. The authorities checked Salmeron’s status and after determining that he was a U. S. citizen, deported him. U. S. Deputy Marshal’s were waiting for him when he arrived at Houston International Airport.


Arrangements are currently underway to bring Salmeron back to Lewis County. Salmeron is facing four counts of assault first degree and one count of drive-by shooting.


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