FOX NEWS – An armed child-rape suspect who left Arkansas, where he was wanted on 11 felony counts, was killed in Arlington, Texas, this week after pointing a gun at police during a traffic stop, according to a report.
“We are thankful no innocent community members or officers were injured,” the Arlington Police Department wrote on Twitter.
Suspect Juan Jimenez-Salas, 46, was later found to be an illegal immigrant from Mexico who had previously been deported from the U.S., authorities told FOX 4 of Dallas-Fort Worth.
The suspect was accused of repeatedly molesting two young daughters of his Arkansas girlfriend, authorities said. Both girls were under age 10.
Capt. Scott Harwell of the El Dorado Police Department in Arkansas told the station:
“Approximately 20 years ago, he was arrested on felony charges similar to that on what we have on him in this case now. And he was deported back to Mexico.”
It was unclear how long ago Jimenez-Salas returned to the U.S. or why he was in the Arlington area … [Click source below to read more.]
The officer discharged his duty gun and struck the suspect. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. It is unclear why the suspect wanted in Arkansas was in Arlington. We are thankful no innocent community members or officers were injured. Case will go to @TarrantCountyDA pic.twitter.com/FkwJ0QOwCP— Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) March 19, 2021
FOX4NEWS, DALLAS-FT. WORTH – Three months after a felony arrest warrant was issued in south Arkansas, the search for Jimenez-Salas came to an end on Thursday evening in South Arlington.
Arlington police say a U.S. marshal’s task force had been tracking Jimenez-Salas Thursday afternoon when he committed a traffic violation.
They say during the traffic stop on the corner of East Pioneer Parkway and Browning Drive, Jimenez-Salas pointed a handgun at an Arlington officer working with the task force who then shot and killed him.
Captain Scott Harwell with the El Dorado Police Department in Arkansas says his detectives had been searching for Jimenez-Salas, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, since November, wanted for five counts of rape and six counts of sexual indecency with a child.
“We lucked up and had a phone number that we were able to track and in that lead gave us information tying us to Arlington, Texas,” Capt. Harwell said.
Harwell says their investigation began a few days after Thanksgiving 2020 when a Grayson County father reported that Salas had been sexually abusing his 6- and 8-year-old daughters in both Collin County and El Dorado.
He says Jimenez-Salas was the boyfriend of the girl’s mother and had been living with her in El Dorado.
“They talked about a trip that they took and the fact that they were at a hotel in McKinney, Texas, when it happened,” Harwell said.
Arkansas investigators knew Jimenez-Salas worked as a self-employed handyman and believed he had a sister in the El Dorado area but found no license or addresses. He just has an FBI record indicating he was in the U.S. illegally.
“Approximately 20 years ago, he was arrested on felony charges similar to that on what we have on him in this case now. And he was deported back to Mexico,” Harwell said … SOURCE.