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Deputies 'ping' satellite radio to track down attempted murder suspect

San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Posted at 6:57 AM, Jan 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-04 10:01:34-05

VALLEY CENTER, Calif. (KGTV) — Using a satellite radio "ping" signal, local deputies were able to track down an attempted murder suspect at a North County casino early Saturday.

Just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Valley Center Sheriff's deputies were alerted to the suspect, identified as 54-year-old Steven Salas, who was wanted for attempted murder, criminal threats, and felony domestic violence.

Using information about Salas' vehicle provided by Imperial County deputies, local authorities were able to track down Salas by sending a "ping" to his Sirius satellite radio. His vehicle was then located at Harrah's Rincon Casino in Valley Center.

When deputies say they tried to make contact with Salas, he fled the casino and led deputies on a pursuit.

A spike strip was successfully deployed and Salas ended up driving back toward the casino before pulling into a nearby gas station, where he was arrested, deputies say.

No one was injured during the pursuit.

Salas has been booked into San Diego County jail on several felony charges.