Salinas reportedly struggled with officers, hospital staff

Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal

A 19-year-old Alice man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly committed at least two burglaries in the city.

According to Alice Police Department reports, officers were called to a home in the 500 block of East Sixth Street in Alice shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday in reference to a burglary in progress.

Upon arrival, officers were informed by a witness at the residence that he had gone to the garage to investigate a suspicious noise, and confronted a man who had allegedly just broken into the building.

The suspect reportedly fled west on Sixth Street before officers arrived.

Officers investigating the scene discovered blood on a window of the garage, and blood on several items that had been removed from the garage and placed outside.

Officers left the scene and began searching the area, and reportedly discovered a 19-year-old man identified as Scotty Salinas attempting to conceal himself in a dark area of the street.

According to reports, officers approached Salinas and observed that he was sweating heavily and bleeding from a laceration on his right hand.

Officers placed Salinas in handcuffs and attempted to place him in a patrol car, but he began resisting arrest and attempted to kick the officer and the windows of the patrol car, according to reports.

Salinas reportedly stopped struggling with officers after they applied pepper spray to his face.

Salinas was transported to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Alice and was treated for the injury to his hand, but had to be restrained again when he became combative with hospital personnel, officials said.

Following Salinas' arrest, officers investigated a reported burglary of a vehicle in the 500 block of North Adams Street.

A small blood stain was discovered in the rear of the vehicle, and a witness informed officers she had observed Salinas in possession of items taken from the vehicle.

Salinas was charged with burglary of a building, burglary of a vehicle and resisting arrest and was transported to the Jim Wells County jail.

He remained in the jail Monday on a $7,000 bond.