Man accused of kidnapping, burglary in domestic cases
A Clifton man on parole was advised Monday he could face felony domestic-violence charges in connection with allegations that he terrorized two women in the past six months.
Authorities say Randy Salazar, 20, broke into one woman’s home while she and her two young children were asleep and stole her cell phone while she was using it to call 911. They said he held another woman at knifepoint in her car.
Mesa County Judge Bruce Raaum ordered Salazar held on $100,000 bond after District Attorney Pete Hautzinger called the allegations in both cases “disturbing.” Salazar was arrested at his home Monday on two separate warrants.
According to two arrest affidavits, the incidents occurred last July with Salazar’s 17-year-old ex-girlfriend and on Jan. 3 with Salazar’s current 23-year-old girlfriend.
The 17-year-old ex-girlfriend called Mesa County sheriff’s deputies on July 19 and reported that Salazar had asked her to pick her up, then proceeded to slap her several times, pull her hair and hold a knife to her throat and chest.
She said while she was driving, Salazar pulled the emergency brake on the car, forced her over into the passenger seat and got behind the wheel of the car, driving her all over the city, the affidavit said.
At one point, she tried to get out of the car, but he held her by the neck and hair to prevent her from getting out, the affidavit said.
After driving to his brother’s house, then his grandmother’s house, Salazar let her go. Deputies observed red marks on her cheek and scratches on her neck and upper chest, the affidavit said.
Nearly six months later, on Jan. 3, Salazar’s 23-year-old girlfriend called 911, reporting that Salazar had broken into her house. Officers searched the area but weren’t able to find him.
The woman, who had scratches and abrasions on her face, told police she and Salazar had been dating for about five months but that she had been trying to break up with him because he was controlling and abusive, the affidavit said.
The woman said she had last tried to end the relationship on Oct. 30, but Salazar pulled out a knife, threatened her and cut her on her hand.
She said she had to go to the hospital and receive six stitches but that Salazar was with her at the hospital and she was too scared to tell the truth about the injury, so she told hospital staff she cut herself with a box cutter, the affidavit said.
Late on the night of Jan. 2, the woman said Salazar repeatedly called her home before showing up and knocking on the door.
When she refused to open the door and told him to leave, he broke the door frame, jumped on top of her as she lay in bed and stole her cell phone while she was on the line with 911 dispatchers, the affidavit said.
Court records show Salazar is on parole from the Division of Youth Corrections for an assault conviction.