A Paso Robles man who was wanted in connection to a double homicide and kidnapping in San Ardo has been charged with two counts of murder and kidnapping, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Department.
Juan Manuel Salazar, 19, turned himself in with his alleged girlfriend and kidnap victim, Eunice Serrato, 16, at the U.S. Mexican border Saturday after allegedly taking her from the scene of the crime, her San Ardo home.
The double murder and kidnapping was first reported after Serrato’s parents returned to their home July 28 and found their daughter was missing. The bodies of Hector Reyes and Daniel Fraga were discovered there as well.
Salazar was charged Monday and remains in Monterey County jail and has a bail of $2,200,000.
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Salazar’s mother, Maria Delia Aviles-Rodriguez, of Paso Robles, is also in custody. Charges against her include kidnapping, aiding and abetting, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and the destruction of evidence.
Salazar’s father, Juan Manuel Salazar Sr., was also named as a person of interest in the case.
When Salazar fled, he was believed to be traveling with a third person, Rogelio Aviles. Aviles is still a person of interest in the case.