Press Releases

Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2015 2:57 PM

Incident: Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 1/27/2015

Time: 2:54 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That's why the California Office of Traffic Safety and police, Sheriffs, the CHP are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

The Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. The ‘Avoid the 20 – Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force' will be deploying Roving DUI Saturation Patrols during and following Sunday's Super Bowl matchup. Officers will deploy into communities where collision data reveals high incidents of DUI crashes and arrests.

According to data from NHTSA, in 2013 there were 867 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in California –29 percent of all crash fatalities in the state. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit. This February 1, don't become another tragic Super Bowl stat. 'Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross with the Salinas Police Department. 'All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it's a choice. Drink or drive—but never do both. This might be the most important choice you ever make.”

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1.' OTS is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. Available for iPhone and Android. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with OTS via: http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS, http://twitter.com/#!/OTS_CA, www.ots.ca.gov.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 4/22/2015 11:32 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-041108

Date: Wednesday, 4/22/2015

Time: 11:09 PM

Location: 1684 N. Main St. - Party City

A male walked into Party City at 1684 N. Main St. and approached a cashier.  He displayed a handgun and demanded money.  The suspect was described as a white male in his 40s, 6'1", 230 lbs., with a red beard.  After taking an undisclosed sum of money and candy, he fled the store.  There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Undercover Prostitution Operation

The Salinas Police Department responded to complaints from citizens regarding prostitution in the area of E. Market Street and Kern St. Members of the Violent Suppression Unit and patrol officers worked in an undercover capacity to monitor and arrest prostitutes who were contacting vehicles driving through the area. Three women were arrested for prostitution after offering sex for money to undercover police officers. Chancee Lewis(18), Julie Ramos(48) and Michelle Garcia(47) were arrested and processed on Saturday evening.

20001(a) VC

Release Date/Time: 4/17/2015 9:52 AM

Incident: Hit and Run with Injury

Report #: 15-040773

Date: Thursday, 4/16/2015

Time: 9:10 PM

Location: E. Laurel & St. Edwards

A Salinas Police Officer on routine patrol was driving on E. Laurel Drive near St. Edwards when he came upon a pedestrian in the roadway surrounded by passing motorists. The victim, a 22-year-old Hispanic Male, was in the #2 eastbound lane and had been walking northbound trying to cross E. Laurel. Witnesses told the officer that the victim was struck by a Jeep Cherokee, which continued eastbound. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center Truama Unit where it was learned he had bleeding to his brain, a broken left leg, and a collapsed lung. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit in serious but stable condition.

About half an hour later, the Cherokee returned to the scene and the driver contacted officers. The 39-year-old Hispanic driver said he was driving on E. Laurel when he noticed in his rear view mirror that several vehicles were stopping. He said he was unaware he struck the victim until arriving home and noticing his right front headlight was broken. Overall the Jeep sustained minor damage. The driver said his wife has a heart condition, so he had to calm her down before returning to the collision scene. He did not appear to be under the influence, was valid to drive, had insurance, and voluntarily gave a blood sample. His vehicle was impounded for evidence. This case will be forwarded to Traffic Unit for additional follow up. The Traffic Unit will examine the case to determine if there is sufficient evidence to warrant an arrest of the driver.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Update on fatal traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 4/17/2015 8:30 AM

Incident: Update on fatal traffic collision

Report #: 15-031369

Date: Friday, 4/17/2015

Time: 8:09 AM

Location: East Market Street and Kern Street

On March 26th at about 1409 hours, Rogelio Vasquez, 33, was riding his bicycle eastbound on East Market Street just east of Kern Street. He was riding on the south sidewalk when Anthony Martinez made a right turn in front of Vasquez into the driveway of the Shell gas station . Vasquez went down to the pavement and was run over by the rear tires of the truck. He sustained major internal injuries and died from the collision.

The investigation showed that Vasquez, the bicyclist, had a high level of methamphetamine in his system. His bicycle was examined and found to have no functioning brakes whatsoever. The bicycle had no damage from the collision showing that Vasquez was forced to lay the bike down to try and avoid the collision. He then slid underneath the truck where he was run over. The Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit found Vasquez most responsible for the collision for driving under the influence of methamphetamine and not having functioning brakes on the bicycle. The traffic officers did not feel there was sufficient culpability on the part of Martinez to request criminal charges.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 4/17/2015 12:24 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Report #: 15-040775

Date: Thursday, 4/16/2015

Time: 9:55 PM

Location: 110 Salinas St. - Transit Center

Officers were called to the transit center at 110 Salinas St. for a report of a stabbing victim.  They found a 32 year old male with multiple stab wounds on his back. The victim stated he had been stabbed in the Chinatown area and did not provide any additional details. He was transported to the hospital for treatment. At this time, it does not appear his injuries are life-threatening. There is no further suspect or location information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Suspicious Circumstance - Potential Scam Notification

The City of Salinas Permit Center personnel has received a couple of complaints regarding a suspicious person claiming to be an inspector with the City of Salinas and/or the County of Monterey.  There is a possibility that this may be an attempt at some sort of scam or to gain entry into a residence.  The City of Salinas Inspectors drive vehicles with the City Logo and have City of Salinas Identification.  If you are unsure if the individual is legitimate call the Salinas City Permit Center @ 758-7251 and/or the Salinas Police Department.

Shooting at Occupied Vehicle and Traffic Accident

Release Date/Time: 4/16/2015 12:28 AM

Incident: Shooting at Occupied Vehicle and Traffic Accident

Report #: 15-040716

Date: Thursday, 4/16/2015

Time: 10:19 PM

Location: E. Boronda & McKinnon St.

A 30 year old male was stopped for the red light at the intersection of E. Boronda Rd. and McKinnon St. A green Honda Accord stopped next to him in the left turn lane. He noticed the vehicle was occupied by four males who were flashing gang signs in his direction. The driver of the Honda pointed a firearm at the victim and fired several shots. The victim sped away on E.Boronda towards Natividad with his two young children in the back seat. The suspect vehicle chased the victims, which continued onto southbound Natividad Rd. at speeds as high as 75-85 mph.  The victim lost control on Sherwood Dr. near Cherry St. and his vehicle rolled onto its side.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  The suspects were nowhere to be found and it appears the victim vehicle was not hit with gunfire. There was no indication the victim was in any way involved with gangs and appears to be a case of mistaken identy.  There is no further information on the suspects or their vehicle.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Police Officer Application Deadline Extension

Release Date/Time: 4/15/2015 11:03 AM
Incident:  Police Officer Application Deadline Extension
Date: Wednesday, 4/15/2015
Time: 11:03 AM
Location:  200 Lincoln Ave. (City hall Rotunda)

Due to the very strong response to the current Salinas Police Department recruiting campaign, the Department is extending the application deadline from Friday April 30th to Thursday, May 21st at 5:00 pm. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the recruitment orientation session on Thursday April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Rotunda, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas.

People with questions about Thursday's orientation session, or about recruitment in general, can contact Personnel and Training Sergeant John Murray at (831) 758-7164 or Human Resources Analyst Sylvia Enriquez at (831) 758-7259.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw
Telephone:  831-758-7271

DUI / Injury collision into building

Release Date/Time: 4/13/2015 8:42 AM

Incident: DUI / Injury collision into Roosevelt School

Report #: 15-040486

Date: Sunday, 4/12/2015

Time: 1:13 AM

Location: 120 Capitol St. (Roosevelt School)

Officers responded to a collision reported at Roosevelt Elementary School in which a vehicle crashed into the building. Officers arrived to find a 2015 Mustang had failed to stop for the westbound stop sign on Gabilan St. at Capitol St. The Mustang jumped the curb, went through the hedgerow and playground fence before striking one of the buildings. After colliding with the building the vehicle struck another fence and narrowly missed striking the gas main to the school. The vehicle was totaled and the driver was trapped inside. The driver, Andretty Ortiz (21) was unresponsive but breathing. Salinas Fire used their cutting tools to remove the vehicle's roof to extricate Ortiz. Based on the odor of alcohol emitting from Ortiz and his car, officers believed he was DUI. Ortiz was transported to the trauma center at Natividad Medical Center with a head injury. He is currently in ICU in critical condition. Just moments before this collision, Ortiz was involved in another crash at Alisal and Lincoln where he rear ended a vehicle and fled. This crash caused minor damage to the other vehicle. Ortiz was driving on a suspended license and has a prior conviction for Driving Under the Influence. The case will be forwarded to the Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit for additional investigation and then to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office. The Police Department will be requesting charges be filed for Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run, and driving on a suspended license.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

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