Police Find Hit-and-Run Driver in Houston, Killed Chelsea Man

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes and Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley announced on Dec. 2 that the man wanted in connection with the June 4 hit-and-run death of 25-year-old Marco Salguero-Cruz has been apprehended as a result of an exhaustive investigation and the public’s help.

Jose Daniel Arevalo, 34, of Everett, was taken into custody outside Houston, Texas, by Texas Rangers late on Dec. 1 in connection with Salguero-Cruz’s death. He is expected to be returned to Massachusetts at a later date.

On June 4, Chelsea Police responded to the area of 284 Washington Ave. for a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle that fled the scene. The victim, Salguero-Cruz, of Chelsea, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

Chelsea Police detectives and State Police detectives assigned to Conley’s office undertook an exhaustive investigation that recovered footage from multiple security cameras that captured the vehicle allegedly involved in the fatal crash, a silver Toyota Camry, both before and after the crash occurred.

With the assistance of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Digital Evidence Lab, investigators were able to retrieve images depicting the driver of the suspect vehicle.

Those images were released to the media on Nov. 21; a Spanish-language press release was sent to media on Nov. 22.

On that date, a person familiar with Arevalo identified him after seeing the photos broadcast on Univision.  Additionally, detectives were able to separately identify Arevalo through witness interviews, social media, and Registry of Motor Vehicle records that same day.

Arevalo is believed to have fled to El Salvador two days after the crash but returned to the United States last month.

He was located in Texas and apprehended with the assistance of authorities in that state.

Efforts to return Arevalo to Massachusetts are currently underway.

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