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Bremerton murder suspect made confession following his arrest

Bremerton resident Jason A. Salas, 29, is in the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office Jail on $2 million bail facing a first-degree murder charge with a domestic violence enhancement. Salas is slated to have his first court appearance at 3 p.m. this afternoon.

"(Salas) provided a confession within a couple of hours to officers after his arrest," said Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan.

Salas was arrested during a high-risk traffic stop near Bay Vista Boulevard and Driftwood Street, about 10 minutes after officers discovered the dead body of a 54-year-old man in the kitchen of a home in the 3400 block of Almira Drive. Police say their investigation confirmed that this was not a random crime and that the suspect is the son of the victim’s common-law wife.

Chief Strachan said that a family member's 911 call at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night prompted officers to do a welfare check at the Almira Drive residence.

"Officers observed what appeared to be blood spatter on a window and made an emergency entry through an unlocked door," Strachan said. "They located a 54-year-old male on the kitchen floor. There was a great deal of blood and it was apparent that a violent crime occurred and he was the victim of extensive blunt force trauma. It appears that a gun was not used."

Strachan says that a sergeant working the case quickly developed information about a vehicle associated with Salas' and broadcast that to other officers.

"Within 10 minutes (Salas) was located traveling in the 100 block of Kitsap Way by another officer who did a high risk stop at Bay Vista Boulevard and Driftwood Street and he did have blood on him," Strachan said.

After arresting Salas, police impounded the car and are getting a search warrant to process it for evidence.

 

 

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