A Visalia motel was recently the scene of a jealousy-fueled argument that could have ended in tragedy. Following the motel squabble, a 22-year-old man was arrested after allegedly trying to murder a woman and her boyfriend during a high-speed chase.
Management Did Not Witness the Motel Squabble
According to the Visalia Police Department, the event took place on Friday night at Murphy’s Motel, located near the King Avenue. At approximately 4:30 a.m., a woman, who wished to remain anonymous, started to argue with 22-year-old Luis Salazar-Moreno, possibly her former boyfriend.
The woman later told the authorities that the argument took place inside her room. Seeing that the man did not budge, the woman decided to leave the motel room. She also told the authorities that Salazar-Moreno attempted to restrain her, but she managed to escape.
Once in the parking lot, the woman met another man, climbing into the car and left Murphy’s motel. According to the affidavit, the woman saw Salazar-Moreno tailing her through the motel’s parking lot and, later on, during their drive.
Realizing that Salazar-Moreno was following their car, the driver hit the gas break, in an attempt to get away from him. However, according to the woman, Salazar-Moreno managed to catch up with them and rammed their vehicle several times.
Both drivers stopped, and the woman called the authorities. Salazar-Moreno was later taken into custody and charged with false imprisonment and assault using a deadly weapon. The man was booked into county jail with a $100,000.
During the police interview, several members of the staff, including the motel’s manager, declared that they’ve not heard the couple arguing nor were they aware of anything out of the ordinary happening at that moment.
The motel squabble which could have ended in tragedy is still being investigated.
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