HPD Arrests and Charges Suspect in 15 Year Old
July 1, 2005 -- Houston Police
Department Homicide Investigators have arrested and charged a
38-year-old man in the murder of Norma Torres that occurred around
8:15 a.m. on July 19, 1990 at 17103 Imperial Valley. Roland Salazar
was arrested on June 29, 2005 and charged with capital murder
in the 263rd State District Count.
The body of then 18-year-old Norma Torres was
found in her apartment. Investigators learned that she had been
sexually assaulted, bound and smothered to death. HPD Homicide
Division Sergeants E.S. Mehl and J.W. Belk got a description from
residents of a possible suspect who was seen around her apartment
shortly before her murder. That possible suspect, Roland Salazar
(Hm/ DOB 5-17-67), was previously a resident at the apartment
complex and had been evicted about two weeks before Ms. Torres
Salazar was interviewed by investigators in 1990
and denied having anything to do with the murder. Salazar gave
investigators a blood sample that was sent to a private laboratory
for analysis along with other evidence and no DNA typing was found.
Due to recent advancements in DNA technology the samples were
resubmitted to a private lab in November of 2004. Roland Salazar's
DNA was found to match on critical pieces of evidence related
to the murder of Norma Torres and he was arrested in the 800 block
of Bagby and is currently in jail without bond.
This case was solved due to the hard work by
HPD Homicide investigators and advancements in DNA technology.
AW/ MES 7-1-05
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contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.