A Parker man has had criminal charges in California dismissed, but he won’t be leaving jail anytime soon. Julio Cesar Salcedo, 43, of Parker, is being held without bond in San Bernardino County on a fugitive warrant out of La Paz County.
Salcedo is facing 10 counts in Arizona, including attempted first degree murder.
Salcedo is wanted in Arizona on charges from an incident late in the evening of Aug. 20 in Parker where he allegedly fired gun shots at Parker Police Officers and La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputies. He was later arrested in California after he fled across the Colorado River into that state.
Salcedo was facing three charges in California: assault with a semi-automatic rifle on a peace officer, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime, and evading a police officer against traffic. These all occurred prior to his arrest in California.
According to court records, Salcedo had a preliminary hearing on the California charges on Sept. 1 in Victorville Criminal Court. After private consultation in the judge’s chambers, Deputy San Bernardino County District Attorney Kathleen Fultz moved to have the charges in California dismissed. Given the seriousness of the charges in Arizona, she said there would be no benefit to having him be sentenced in California.
Judge Christopher S. Pallone ordered the charges dismissed.
Salcedo is facing 10 counts in Arizona, including two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, drive-by shooting, and unlawful flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle.
La Paz County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy David Gray said an extradition hearing will be set for Salcedo. If he waives extradition, Gray said they will be told when and where to come and pick him up to return him to Parker. If he chooses to fight extradition, then the county will have to seek a Governor’s Warrant to have him returned to Parker.
According to the Arizona Governor’s website, the state has adopted the Uniform Criminal Extradition Act. Under state law, ARS 13-3842, the Governor may demand another state return to Arizona any individuals sought for criminal acts in Arizona.
Salcedo is being held in the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
In a press release, the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office said the incident started when Central Dispatch received calls at 11:50 p.m. Aug. 20 about shots being fired in central Parker. The suspect, later identified as Salcedo, fled the scene prior to the arrival of officers. A La Paz County Sheriff’s Deputy responding to the area passed the suspect vehicle on State Route 95 headed south of Parker, at which time the suspect allegedly fired several rounds at the Deputy. The suspect turned around and headed back into the Town of Parker. As the suspect passed responding Parker Police units, he allegedly again fired several rounds at the officers. Officers from both the Parker Police and the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office pursued the suspect approximately 50 miles into California.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said speeds in the chase on California Highway 62 topped 100 mph.
The suspect’s car ran out of gas near milepost 97. Salcedo fled on foot after allegedly pointed his gun at the Arizona officers. He surrendered at 12:05 a.m. without any further incident.