A man who was arrested in La Grande for first-degree rape 25 years ago was arrested by border patrol a little more than a week ago for illegally crossing back into the United States.
Deonicio Torres-Salazar, 50, from Jalisco, Mexico, had been arrested in 1993 by the La Grande Police Department on charges of first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary, according to a press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The release said Torres-Salazar was last removed from the United States through the Del Rio, Texas, Port of Entry in September 2017.
On May 25, Border Patrol agents patrolling the area of San Luis, Arizona, arrested Torres-Salazar after he illegally entered the United States two miles east of the San Luis Port of Entry. During processing, agents identified him as having been charged and convicted of felonies in La Grande.
According to the November 1993 police record, the victim of Torres-Salazar’s crimes was staying at a La Grande motel. At the time of the incident, the woman had been moving out of her motel room. Torres-Salazar, who had also been staying at the hotel, went into her room and demanded money. However, he spoke very little English and did not understand when she said her money was in her car and not in the motel room.
Torres-Salazar raped the victim and afterward threatened to cut her throat if she said anything. He then tied up her hands with clothing and took some of her jewelry that was in the room. At the time, he was in his early 20s.
Because the case was so old, The Observer could not find any court files on the case that indicated what Torres-
Salazar’s sentencing was.
The press release from border patrol said Torres-Salazar will now be charged with re-entry after deportation.