Police believe fugitive has returned to area

CNJ staff

Police believe a fugitive charged in the shooting death of a 10-year-old Clovis boy more than two years ago has returned to the Clovis area, according to a press release from Clovis police.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of Noe Torres, 28, who is charged with first-degree murder. He is also wanted on a federal warrant for flight to avoid prosecution.

Carlos Perez was shot in September 2005 while he slept in his family’s home. Torres has been at large since the shooting.
Police said Torres has ties to Clovis, Lubbock, Amarillo and Albuquerque.

In February, police reported Torres had been seen in Clovis and surrounding areas.

Four men, including Torres, and a juvenile were charged in connection with the shooting.

David Griego, 31, and Demetrio Salas, 21, were convicted in October. Griego faces a possible 20 years for his role in the shooting and Demetrio Salas faces more than 46 years. They are scheduled for sentencing in January, court records show.

Torres and Edward Salas, 23, are scheduled for trial in February.

Orlando Salas, 17, pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, accessory to first-degree murder and tampering with evidence. He is serving a five-year sentence with the department of Children, Youth and Families.

Clovis police have issued the following description of Torres:
Height: 5 feet, 4 inches
Weight: About 150 pounds
Ethnicity: Hispanic
Identifying marks: He has several tattoos on his stomach, back, neck and chest with the most predominant being an eagle across his chest.
Contacts: Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000, Clovis Police Department at 769-1921, Dan Aguilar with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office at 769-2246.