West Wendover Police announced the arrest of two suspect wanted for the near fatal beating last week of a West Wendover man.
Abraham “Trucker” Morales, 24, and Salvador Avila, 20, were into the Elko County Jail each on a $10,000 bail on the felony charge of Assault with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm.
According to police and witnesses the two men attacked a 23 year old West Wendover man during the early morning hours of August 28 with clubs or club like weapons.
According to the police press release both men were arrested only after they had been formally charged with the crime by the District Attorney’s office substantiating claims made by the victim’s family shortly after the crime.
“We told police who they were and where they lived,” said one family member who spoke on the condition of anonymity several hours after the crime. “But they (the police) said they couldn’t do anything until the DA did. We don’t understand.”
On of the reasons for the family’s concern was that at least one of the suspects is a known flight risk who gain local notoriety earlier this summer when he escaped while handcuffed in a police car.
Abraham “Trucker” Morales spent almost a month eluding police after he made his getaway.
Morales was arrested around 4:30 am Monday June 4, when they arrived to break up a fight at a local bar that he was not involved in and that was no longer going on. according to the police department press release Morales only obvious infraction was yelling them.
Morales was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car for transport. Officers were then alerted to another fight at the same bar. As police investigated the second fight, Morales freed himself from the police vehicle and fled the scene while still handcuffed.
Morales’ month on the lam prompted a flurry of comments ranging from cheers to jeers on the High Desert Advocate’s website www.coyote-tv.
He was finally taken into custody in early July after being lose for about a month.
Several bloggers on the High Desert Advocate’s website accused Morales of being a member of the Rebels 13 gang. Virtually a life long resident of Wendover Morales began to get in trouble with police almost from the time he entered puberty.
While his supporters claim Morales was being picked on by cops his detractors rightfully point out that the young man had been convicted of a whole variety of crimes and thus was by the time he turned 24 a hardened criminal.
Most recently Avila was charged with attempted murder in april of this year. A West Wendover man was charged with attempted murder for his part in a domestic disturbance Monday night. According to WWPD press release, officers were dispatched to the home after dispatch received reports of a violent fight in progress.
Upon arrival officers found a severely beaten man. Witnesses related that he had been beaten with a “long wooden object” by two men who had since left the scene. The next day one of the men, identified as Avila was located and arrested.
In June Avila was returned to jail during a court appearance by West Wendover Justice of the Peace Reese Melville.
Melville ordered Avila to spend 10 days in the Elko County for contempt of court after Avila failed to comply with court orders pertaining to a previous DUI conviction.
“I have given you ample opportunity to work on this case but for some reason you haven’t worked with us.” Melville said. “I am going to have you sit in the Elko County Jail for 10 days for you to think about this.”
Unfortunately for the pair’s recent victim those ten days were completed more than a month ago.