Paso Robles man pleads not guilty to child abduction
August 20, 2012
A Paso Robles man charged with kidnapping his 16-year-old girlfriend Eunice Serrato pleaded not guilty on Thursday. [Californian]
Juan Manuel Salazar Jr., 19, was initially booked into jail after he and Serrato turned themselves over to agents at the U.S. border in San Diego on Aug. 4, a week after an Amber Alert was issued for the girl.
On Aug. 9, Salazar was released from jail after charges were not filed against him. Shortly after his release, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office had Salazar arrested in Riverside County on suspicion of child abduction.
Salazar is also a suspect in the July 28 shooting deaths of Hector Reyes, 33, and Daniel Fraga, 35. Because of insufficient evidence, Salazar has not been charged with the murders of the two men found in the bathroom of Serrato’s San Ardo home not long after her alleged kidnapping, District Attorney officials told the Californian.
Salazar is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday.
A few days before Salazar and Serrato turned themselves in, deputies arrested Salazar’s mother, Maria Aviles-Rodriguez, 36, of Paso Robles because of her alleged involvement in the kidnapping. Aviles-Rodriguez is charged with kidnapping, child stealing, child endangerment, accessory after the fact, conspiracy to commit a crime and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.