Fresno man arrested, charged with girlfriend's murder

Police say an unconscious woman was found Friday with trauma in her upper body

FRESNO, Calif. - A quiet southeast Fresno street is in shock Saturday, after learning why their neighbor has been arrested.

Fresno Police arrested Gabriel Salinas, 43, and charged him with the murder of his girlfriend.

Police were dispatched to Salinas' home by Illinois and Winery Avenues on Friday around 3:42 p.m. after getting a call for an unconscious female victim.

When they arrived, they found the victim -- who is also Salinas' girlfriend -- with trauma to her upper body. After receiving some first aid treatment, the victim was transported to CRMC. She died there hours later.

Salinas was arrested at his home and later admitted to assaulting his girlfriend when interviewed by detectives. He has since been booked into Fresno County Jail for murder, according to police.

Michelle Brennan has lived across the street from Salinas since he started living there. She said on Friday he knocked on her door asking if she or her husband knew CPR.

"[My husband said] no man, you need to call somebody right away," Brennan said.

Minutes after that police and other emergency responders arrived. Brennan has lived there for nearly three decades and said nothing like this happens on her street.

"We hear the helicopter, we're southeast Fresno, it's sort of what you hear," she said. "But, I was very surprised [hearing what happened]."

Other neighbors on the street say Salinas wasn't the talkative type.

"He rode his bike through the neighborhood a couple times," said Daniel Olivera. "He said hi here and there, but he's a really quiet guy. He kept to himself."

Brennan said she heard fighting in Salinas' house from time to time, but didn't think things would escalate to this level.

"He just seemed very mellow, my husband has chatted with him a few times," she said. "You never know what anybody's capable of."

This is Fresno's 49th murder or homicide this year, it is also this year's 6th domestic violence related death, according to police.

Police are still looking for information, you can call anonymously to Crimestoppers, at 559-498-STOP.

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