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UPDATE: Homicide suspect in custody

Suspect: Edgar Ivan Salinas-Leal Suspect: Edgar Ivan Salinas-Leal
Jessica Salinas Jessica Salinas

MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police say they have Edgar Ivan Salinas-Leal, a Madison murder suspect, in custody.

Salinas-Leal was arrested early Wednesday morning through a coordinated effort by patrol, detectives, CPT, CPGU and SWAT members.

Police say he was found at a vacant apartment in the 5800 block of Raymond Road.

Police have not released any more details of his capture at this time.

Salinas-Leal is accused of shooting and killing 38-year-old Darrell Ballweg while he was staying at Ballweg's house.


MADISON (WKOW) - The Chevy Uplander that Edgar Ivan Salinas-Leal was driving after the homicide was recovered early Tuesday morning.

Salinas-Leal is suspected of shooting and killing Darrell Ballweg while he was staying at Ballweg's house.

Police were able to locate his wife Jessica Salinas and their 7-month old daughter on Monday. Both are safe.

Salinas-Leal is still at large. He was last reported being seen in the area of Lake Point Drive and Hoboken Road. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 266-6012.


MADISON (WKOW) -  They say Darrell Ballweg was loved by many. Friends came to his doorstep Monday to lay down flowers and try to find answers.

Police say Ballweg, a beloved member of the deaf community, was shot and killed by a man he let stay at his house. Now, 24 year old Edgar Ivan Salinas-Leal is on the run. They say after the murder, he stole the victim's wife's car and took off - that he fled with his wife Jessica and their infant daughter.

"I am a little angry about it and I hope they catch him," said Jesse Guist, a former roommate and friend of the victim.

Guist says he's been friends with the victim for about 15 years.

"I saw him about a week ago and he was saying that he was having problems with his roommate," said Guist.

He says Ballweg told him that his roommate owed him money and that Ballweg was trying to figure out how to get him out of the house. Police say that roommate was Salinas-Leal. But according to the criminal complaint, the fight wasn't over money - but food. The complaint says the suspect's wife Jessica asked Ballweg for some food Friday night and that Ballweg refused to share. That's when her husband, the suspect, challenged Ballweg to a fight and eventually shot him in the chest. 

Guist says he doesn't understand why anyone would want to harm his friend who would go out of his way to help others.

"Anything you needed," said Guist.  "If you needed to eat, he would feed you.  He was just a really kind guy."

Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for a blue 2006 Chevy Uplander with license plate 69157D. If you think you spot the car or the suspect, authorities ask that you call 911

Salinas-Leal is considered armed and dangerous.



MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police say investigators are continuing to search for a homicide suspect and his family.

Authorities are looking for 24-year-old Edgar Ivan Salinas-Leal, the suspect in Madison's first homicide of the year. Officials say 38-yaer-old Darrell Ballweg was killed in a shooting Friday night on Madison's north side. 

Salinas-Leal took off in the victim's car, a blue/green 2006 Chevy Uplander with Wisconsin plates 69157D. Police believe Salinas-Leal is with his wife, Jessica Salinas and the couple's infant child.

As officials investigate and pursue leads to find the suspect and his family, they ask anyone with information on their whereabouts should call 911.

Click here to read the criminal complaint against Salinas-Leal.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Darrell D. Ballweg has been identified as the man killed in a shooting Friday night on White Aspen Road in Madison.

According to the Dane County Medical Examiner the 38-year-old died as the result of homicidal firearm violence.

Madison police are still looking for the man they believe shot and killed Ballweg.

Police say Ballweg was shot and killed by a housemate following a dispute inside a home on the 4400 block of White Aspen Road. The victim's family and the suspect's family lived in the same residence.

The suspect, 24-year-old Edgar Ivan Salinas-Leal, fled in the victim's vehicle: a blue/green 2006 Chevy Uplander with Wisconsin license plates 69157D. He is believed to be with his wife Jessica and their infant child. 

Mr. Salinas-Leal should be considered armed and dangerous. Police say if you see him, call 911.

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