UPDATE-Homicide/Shooting from 03-18-14

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2014 1:35 AM

Incident: Homicide UPDATE 3/18/14

Date: Friday, 3/21/2014

Time: 1:35 AM

Location: 700 Blk Towt St.

****Homicide Update ****

On Tuesday 3/18/14 at 7:12 PM, Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700 Block of Towt Street regarding a shooting victim.  At the scene, victim Juan Carlos Pedraza (47) was found deceased.  Refer to previous press release dated 3/19/14.

Since the shooting Salinas Police Department investigators have been diligently working on this case following  several leads.  On 3/20/14, investigators were able to identify Antonio Martinez (35) as the suspect responsible for the shooting death of Pedraza.  Investigators, aided by the Salinas Police Violence Suppression Unit and SWAT team, arrested Martinez after he was seen coming from 18495 Kennedy Street in Salinas.    Martinez was later booked at the Monterey County Jail for Murder.

Salinas Police Detectives are always looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7143 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-7276. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Although an arrest has been made in this case the investigation is still ongoing.  All press inquiries should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ (831) 758-7350.


Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana