Edward Salas, the only inmate who has eluded capture since the August 2008 Curry County Adult Detention Center escape, has been added to the U.S. Marshals Service 15 Most Wanted fugitive list.
A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Salas’ arrest. That reward is up from $5,000, District Attorney Matt Chandler said.
Salas, 27, was convicted in April 2008 for charges relating to the shooting death of 10-year-old Carlos Perez.
About five months later — Aug. 24, 2008 — Salas and seven other inmates stole a key and shimmied up a pipe in a jail escape that put Clovis in the national spotlight. Salas is the only one who has eluded capture. Salas was awaiting transport to the penitentiary to serve a sentence of life (at least 30 years) plus 56 years.
He was featured on an episode of “America’s Most Wanted” that aired Saturday on Fox.
“We’ve received numerous tips from the America’s Most Wanted show,” Chandler said, “but I can’t go into detail about those.”
According to authorities, Edward Salas and three other accomplices fired nine bullets into an apartment window Sept. 15, 2005, as retaliation for an argument between the brothers of Edward Salas and Carlos Perez. Eight bullets struck furniture, but one struck Carlos in the head as he slept next to his brother. Carlos died one day shy of his 11th birthday.
Two of the accomplices, David Griego and Demetrio Salas, were also convicted of the murder of Carlos Perez and are currently serving their prison sentence in the New Mexico State Penitentiary. The remaining accomplice, Noe Torres, has been on the run from law enforcement since the date of the shooting. An outstanding murder warrant has been pending ever since.
“We truly believe that with the heightened awareness, increased reward of $25,000 and the U.S. Marshals prioritizing this case as one of their top 15 most wanted we will bring this convicted child killer to justice,” Chandler said. “As pledged in 2008, we in law enforcement will remain diligent in our search efforts until he is located and put back behind bars where he belongs — the Perez family deserve it and justice demands it.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office, American Embassy/Consulate, or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102 or Agent Dan Aguilar at the district attorney’s office at 769-2246.