What began as a welfare check requested by family members Thursday morning resulted in the arrest of a husband and wife in the early afternoon for violation of a protective order.
Around noon on Thursday, the 1400 block of 5th Avenue North could have been like any other quiet neighborhood in Denison. Kids were playing outside and several homeowners were working in their yards.
The difference, though, was the sight of two police cruisers parked diagonally across the street in front of the residence at 1416, their emergency lights flashing. Armed officers alternated between standing outside their vehicles and sitting inside to cool off from the heat of the midday while they waited for further instructions.
Law enforcement from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Patrol were at the scene, left and then returned.
At about 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, the Denison Police Department received a call from family members of Padoua Salinas and her daughter; they were concerned for their safety, according to a release from the police department.
Law enforcement made multiple attempts to contact Salinas and her husband, Fernando. When the attempts failed, law enforcement officers walked up the steps to the front entrance of the house; one officer banged loudly on the door, asking if Fernando was inside.
Receiving no response, the officers walked along the east side of the house to the back, where a deck was located.
At 1:03 p.m., officers made entry into the back of home where Fernando, Padoua and their daughter were found. All three were unharmed.
Fernando and Padoua were taken into custody without further incident for violation of a protective order, the police department release said.
Their daughter was left with a family member.
Both were charged with violation of no contact/protective order-contempt, a serious misdemeanor, and both were released on their own recognizance on Friday. A pretrial conference for each was set for 9:30 a.m. on June 25.
The Denison Police Department was assisted by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, the Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.
Law enforcement reminds that all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.