Tate murder suspect apprehended in Mexicali and returned to USA

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(L-R) Braulio Salazar and Mikayla Navarro

BRAWLEY – On September 29 at approximately 10:30 p.m., murder suspect Braulio Salazar was taken into custody by Mexico authorities in Mexicali, Mexico. Working with the United States Marshal’s Office, Salazar was processed at the Port of Entry and turned over to Brawley Police Department.

Salazar was wanted in connection to the July 23, 2014 shooting incident that left 26-year-old Mathew Tate wounded in the 600 block of D Street in Brawley. Medical personnel responded to the location and Tate was transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries, according to police reports.

During the course of the investigation, various leads were followed. The Brawley Police Department Investigation Division contacted the United States Marshal’s Office for assistance, obtaining information that the suspect possibly fled into Mexicali, Mexico.

Through various contacts in Mexico, the United States Deputy Marshals identified the address where the suspect was staying. A search of the location was conduct by Mexicali Authorities and Salazar was taken into custody without incident.

“The assistance we received from the United States Marshal’s Office was outstanding, we could not have done it without them,” said Brawley Police Chief Michael Crankshaw. “This should serve as a great example of cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies.”

Salazar was transported to the Brawley Police Department for processing and later booked as a suspect into the Imperial County Jail without bail on an arrest warrant for homicide. Additionally, Salazar’s girlfriend, Mikayla Navarro was arrested and booked as a suspect into Imperial County Jail for allegedly violating 32 PC (accessory to homicide).