Calexico man arrested after woman beaten, kidnapped

May 31, 2002|By DARREN SIMON

Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here arrested a man Thursday for allegedly beating his wife and forcing her across the border, Calexico police Lt. Jim Neujahr said this morning.

Jesus Salinas, 31, of Calexico was booked into the county jail on suspicion of kidnapping and spousal abuse. His bail was set at $10,000.

The alleged violence started about 6 p.m. when the victim returned to her home in the 300 block of East Sixth Street to find her husband, Salinas, irate because he had been trying unsuccessfully to contact her.


Neujahr said the woman tried to avoid her husband, but he reportedly grabbed her, a struggle followed and he picked her up, forced her from the house and into his vehicle.

Salinas drove across the border but his vehicle was sent to a secondary inspection area by Mexican customs' officials.

His wife told authorities then that her husband had forced her across the border and she alleged he was threatening to kill her.

The Mexican authorities allowed the woman to walk back across the border, where she flagged down a taxi and drove home.

However, Salinas, who was allowed back across the border in his vehicle, arrived home at the same time as his wife.

He allegedly forced her out of the taxi, allegedly struck her across the side of her head and took her into the house.

Police were then notified of the incident by the cab driver and by the woman herself. Neujahr said Salinas had forced her into a bedroom and would not let her out, and it was from there that she contacted police.

Officers arrived about midnight and found two men, one of them Salinas, outside the house.

Neujahr said when Salinas saw the officers he went into the house and officers were unable to follow initially because there were two pit bulldogs in the front yard.

Meanwhile, the woman again called police to report she was being held against her will, Neujahr said.

Once the dogs were safely put away, officers moved into the house and took Salinas into custody without further incident.

His wife suffered an abrasion to her head and complained of wringing in her ear on the side she was struck.

The case remained under investigation this morning.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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