By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

CROCKETT – A Crockett man was arrested for stalking after it was reported he was in violation of a criminal trespass warning.

Eusebio Yanez Salazar, 54, was arrested on Friday, Oct. 27 and charged with stalking as well as criminal trespassing after he was observed in a parked car near the driveway of the Houston County Nursing Home – located at 100 NE Loop 304 in Crockett.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Corporal Isaias Rodriguez was dispatched to the nursing facility at approximately 8:04 a.m. in reference to a vehicle “… occupied by an individual who had been issued a criminal trespass warning for the business in the past.”

“It was reported by the complainant,” the legal document continued, “that the vehicle had been following her since she left home earlier this morning. It was reported by the complainant that she recognized the vehicle and was certain it was an individual known to her as Eusebio Salazar.”

When the police arrived at the scene, they observed the vehicle in question parked on the grass near the nursing home entrance. As Cpl. Rodriguez attempted to make contact with the driver, the report indicated the vehicle attempted to leave the area.

“I turned my red and blue emergency lights on in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The vehicle stopped and pulled over on the shoulder,” the report stated.

Rodriguez exited his patrol unit and made contact with the driver (Salazar) who informed the police officer “… he parks at that location to take or make calls.”

Salazar was informed law enforcement officials had responded to the same area the day before for the same reason. Rodriguez said when they arrived at the location the previous day, he was gone.

“I explained to him that someone at the nursing home had called on him the day before in reference to him stopping off the road near the business. I told him that I knew he was there to attempt to make contact with (the complainant) the day before and on today’s date. I asked him what it was going to take for him to leave her alone,” Rodriguez stated in the affidavit.

In the affidavit, it was stated Salazar agreed to leave the complainant alone, but added he was merely trying to straighten out problems which had developed between the two sometime in the past.

It was further noted in the affidavit that Salazar had previously followed the complainant to and from work during August and “… had been leaving notes in her car while she was at work.”

The complainant also stated, “Salazar had followed her by vehicle and would drive by her house regularly, four or five times at night and day and had been leaving items on her porch and in her car.”

Salazar was arrested at the scene and transported to the Houston County Jail where he was booked into custody on one count of stalking (third degree felony) and one count of criminal trespassing (Class B misdemeanor).

According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

A Class B misdemeanor is punishable “… by a fine not to exceed $2,000; confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days; or both such fine and confinement.”

Salazar posted a total bond of $5,500 and was released pending trial.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.