Main suspect arrested in baseball bat beating death of transmission shop owner

Nicholas Saldana, 22, accused of beating Jose Medrano, 58, to death

Nicholas Saldana, 22, was arrested in connection with the beating death of a transmission shop owner on the West Side in December.

Saldana had been on the run since Dec. 5 before being captured by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Police believe Saldana was the main actor in the beating death of 58-year-old Jose Medrano.

The victim owned a transmission shop in the 2000 Block of Castroville Road.

Saldana and two other men, who had already been arrested, allegedly used a baseball bat to beat Medrano and his 27-year-old son.

It's believed the beating was the result of an ongoing dispute between one of Medrano's younger sons and one of the other suspects that involved a woman.

Police had previously arrested 25-year-old David Lee Garcia and 32-year-old Herman Matamoros for their alleged roles in the beating death of Medrano.

Saldana has been charged with one count of murder and one count of aggravated assault.

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