Thanksgiving Day shooter being extradited back to El Paso, Dayona Beach paper reports

El Paso News

The man accused of shooting three El Pasoans and kidnapping three Las Cruces residents went before a Florida judge on Thursday. 

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Jason Gibson waived his right to an extradition hearing, which means he will be immediately transferred to El Paso by two El Paso Police Department detectives, who were present.

According to the News-Journal, “Gibson nodded to the El Paso detectives when he walked in and they nodded back to him.”

Gibson is the lead suspect in a Thanksgiving Day shooting on Signal Peak in Northeast El Paso that left Juan Salas, 58, dead and his wife and son suffering life-threatening injuries. Police say the shooting happened during a home invasion.

He is also wanted for a home invasion in Las Cruces, where he is accused of assaulting an elderly man, kidnapping his daughter and tying up her friend. The Las Cruces incident happened prior to the El Paso assault. 

Following his arrest in Daytona Beach, Florida prosecutors declined to press charges against Gibson, opening the way for extradition, the News-Journal reported.

The paper also gave additional details on the two passengers who were with Gibson when he was arrested. Their names were not given but they were identified as a 30-year-old man and 28-year-old woman.

“Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri said they were cooperative witnesses and were ‘lucky to be alive’ considering the rampage Gibson had been on days earlier,” the News-Journal reported. 

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