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Suspects Caught after Elderly Man Found Tied Up, Gagged

On January 15, at 8:30 a.m., the Abilene Police Department received a 9-1-1 call regarding an injured subject in the 200 block of Meander Street. Family members had gone to the home to check on the male resident, age 75, and discovered the victim bound and gagged on a closet floor.
On January 15, at 8:30 a.m., the Abilene Police Department received a 9-1-1 call regarding an injured subject in the 200 block of Meander Street. Family members had gone to the home to check on the male resident, age 75, and discovered the victim bound and gagged on a closet floor.

Patrol Division officers and Abilene Firefighters responded to the scene and found evidence that the victim had his hands and feet tied, and his eyes covered by tape. These first responders cut the victim free and the victim later sought treatment at a local hospital. Detectives from several Criminal Investigation Division (CID) units responded to the scene and began their criminal investigation.

The preliminary investigation revealed the victim had been assaulted by then unknown suspects during the evening hours of January 14. The victim’s injuries were consistent with being bound and then forcibly placed inside a closet. The victim’s debit card was stolen during the assault and had been used at different locations around town.

Utilizing bank video footage, along with information gained from a neighborhood canvass, detectives were able to identify two possible suspects. Those suspects were located during the afternoon hours of January 15 and identified as Dolores A. Salazar (DOB: 3-11-78) and Christopher D. Webster (DOB: 9-30-74). They were transported to the Law Enforcement Center for questioning.

Based on information gained during those interviews, detectives were able to obtain and execute a search warrant at the suspects’ residence in the 1900 block of Woodard Street. Property belonging to the victim was located inside this residence. The investigation revealed that both suspects were directly involved in the assault and theft of property from the victim. Additionally, the victim and Salazar were acquainted with one another.

Both suspects were arrested on the first degree felony charge of Burglary with Intent to Commit Assault (case # 14-824). Bond was set at $125,000 each. Webster was also arrested on a Theft warrant out of Bandera County for which there was a $2,000 bond.

It was also discovered during this investigation that the same suspects were complicit in the theft of checks from the victim’s residence two days prior. These cases are still under investigation and will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for their consideration of charges.

The victim is recovering under the care of family members. This investigation involved great team work from Patrol Division officers and detectives in the following CID units: Crimes Against Persons, Special Victims, Crimes Against Property and Fraud.

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