Torres still at large in connection with homicide

Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer

No new arrests have been made or charges filed in connection with Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of 10-year-old Carlos Perez of Clovis.

Noe Torres, 26, one of two men charged with murder in connection with Perez’ death, was still at large late Saturday, according to police.

Torres and Edward Salas, 21, both face charges of murder, attempt to commit a felony, intimidation of a witness ,and shooting at a dwelling.

Salas is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Phone calls to the Salas residence Saturday were not returned.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said Torres knows the Salas family through a friendship and would discuss few details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Clovis police said under the circumstances, Torres should be considered armed and dangerous.

“Due to the nature of the crime I would suggest anybody who has knowledge to (not take action and) call the police department to let us know about it,” said Lt. James Schoeffel of the Clovis Police Department.

Four other members of the Salas family were also arrested in connection with the case.

Demetrio Salas, 19, remains in custody without bond on a charge of possession of stolen property while Orlando Salas,15, is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a deadly weapon on school ground. Jail officials cited privacy issues regarding his bond status.
Isadoro “Lolo” Salas, 40, and Lisa Salas, 39, parents of the three brothers, were released on bond.

Since the shooting, CHS has seen an increase in law enforcement presence. Clovis High School Principal Jody Balch said Monday would be the same way at the school and future days would be determined.

“We’re going to play it by ear,” Balch said. “We certainly want the funeral to have occurred (before we make major security decisions). After the funeral, we’ll take a good look at what we want to do.”

Carlos Perez was shot early Thursday morning while asleep in his bed. He died from a gunshot wound to the head later that evening. Nine bullets were shot through the window of the apartment complex where he lived, police said.

Carlos Perez’ older brother, Ruben Perez, shared a bedroom with Carlos and was in the room at the time of the shooting. Police and family members have said Ruben had an altercation with Orlando Salas, also a high school student, in school on Wednesday.