Police say fugitive sighted in Clovis

CNJ staff

Police said Tuesday they have information a fugitive wanted in the shooting of a 10-year-old boy is in the Clovis area.

Noe Torres, 27, is wanted in connection with the 2005 shooting of Carlos Perez, who was sleeping next to his brother when he was hit in the head with a bullet, one of several gunshots fired through a bedroom window at the Perez home.

Police have said Carlos’ older brother Ruben was the intended target.

“We have every indication (Torres is) running around here in Clovis,” said Clovis Police Capt. Patrick Whitney. “We need to get him into custody. He’s wanted on an outstanding murder warrant.”

Law enforcement officers were combing the area Tuesday in an effort to locate Torres, Whitney said.

Torres has managed to elude police, who in the past have received information he might be in Mexico, Texas and Albuquerque. He was indicted in his absence on charges of first-degree murder.

Four men, including Torres, and a juvenile were charged in connection with the shooting. David Griego, 30, and brothers Demetrio Salas, 21, and Edward Salas, 22, are awaiting trial scheduled for March.

Orlando Salas, 16, last year pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, accessory to first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. He is serving a five-year sentence with the department of Children, Youth and Families.

Torres has been at large since the shooting almost a year and a half ago.

Suspect

Clovis police have issued the following description of homicide fugitive Noe Torres:
Height: 5 feet, 4 inches
Weight: About 150 pounds
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Identifying marks: He has
several tattoos on his stomach, back, neck and chest with the most
predominant being an eagle across his chest.
Reward: $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Torres.
Contacts: Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000, Clovis Police Department at 769-1921, Dan Aguilar with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office at 769-2246.