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Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2017 1:48 PM

Incident: Homicide Victim Identification

Report #: 17-020851

Date: Tuesday, 2/21/2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: 300 Blk of Cross Ave.

On February 18, 2017, at approximately 10:30 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to the 300 block of Cross Ave. on the report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, officers found Juan Carlos Guido Lopez, age 35, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers rendered CPR, but Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Lopez, who resided in the area, was alone and smoking a cigarette near his home prior to the shooting. Two suspects walked up to Lopez, pulled at least one handgun, and fired multiple times. the suspects were only described as males dressed in dark clothing. The suspects ran to an awaiting dark colored compact vehicle that fled southbound on Cross Ave. toward Miami St. 

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this homicide to contact Detective Ciro Barboza at (831) 758-7145 or cirob@ci.salinas.ca.us; or Detective Dave Poulin at (831) 758-7270. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Murder-Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2017 1:03 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting

Report #: 17-020806

Date: Friday, 2/17/2017

Time: 6:25 PM

Location: 1500 Cottonwood Dr.

On February 17, 2017, at approximately 6:25 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to a shooting in the 1500 blk of Cottonwood Dr. A few minutes later, we received a call of another victim of a shooting near the area of Bison Way and Buckhorn Dr. Officers arrived on Cottonwood and found a 23-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury. Officers also responded to Bison Way and Buckhorn Dr., where the found a 24-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound to her arm. In the vehicle with the female was a 5-year-old child, who was not injured. The female was also transported to NMC where she was treated for her wounds.

Investigation revealed when the male victim left his home, a male with a handgun confronted him. For unknown reasons, the suspect shot at the male victim several times and struck him once in the head. The female victim was parked across the street and when she heard the gunshots, she started her car and began to drive out of the area. The suspect noticed her leaving and fired several rounds at her vehicle, striking the vehicle several times and, ultimately, injuring her. The female victim drove out of the area and called 911 when she felt it was safe to do so.

The only description of the shooter was a Hispanic male with long hair, wearing a baseball hat. The suspect fled on foot and it is unknown if he get into a vehicle or continued on foot. This shooting is considered gang related.

If anyone has any information regarding this shooting, please contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/19/2017 2:55 AM

Incident: Murder

Report #: 17-020851

Date: Saturday, 2/18/2017

Time: 10:32 PM

Location: 300 block of Cross Ave.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Cross Ave. for a call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found a 35-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the driveway of an apartment complex. Officers rendered CPR, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  An associated vehicle is possibly a dark colored compact vehicle.  

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact Detective David Poulin at (831) 758-7270  or Detective Ciro Barboza at (831) 758-7145. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Kimberly Robinson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Storm Safety Advice

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2017 12:29 PM

Incident: Storm Safety Advice

Date: Saturday, 2/18/2017

Time: 12:29 PM

Location: Salinas, CA

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

Following a severe storm on Friday and with more wind and rain expected Monday, Salinas Fire Chief Ed Rodriguez advises residents to take the following important precautions:

If your electricity goes out:

  • Don't use liquid fuel equipment, such as kerosene or propane heaters or lamps, to heat or light your house. These devices give off potentially lethal carbon monoxide, and should only be used outside.
  • Don't use your stove to heat your house. The heat could ignite nearby cabinets, and gas stoves also give off carbon monoxide.
  • If you have to leave your home, make sure heaters, appliances, and other devices are turned off.
  • When power is restored, make sure major appliances are working, in case they suffered damage from the outage. If you do have appliance trouble, call a licensed repair person.
  • If you continue to have problems with your electricity, call a licensed electrician or, for outages, PG&E. PG&E provides storm updates on its website at pge.com.

While you're outside:

  • If you see a downed wire, don't touch it or try to move it. Instead, call 911 immediately. Electrical wires carry enough current to kill. Even if they are are de-energized, they may suddenly be re-energized.
  • Monday's rains may cause flooding. If you see standing water, don't walk or drive through it. Six inches of water can knock a man off his feet, and two feet of water can carry away a car.
  • Stay clear of trees, some of which may be ready to blow down with the next gust of wind.

664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2017 4:17 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 17-020781

Date: Thursday, 2/16/2017

Time: 11:23 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington St

At 2322 shot spotter activated in the area of 939 DelMonte Ave with a 12 shot volley of gunfire. Officers arrived on scene and determined a residence in the 700 block of Elkington St. had been targeted with gunfire. Officers contacted a 27 year old male victim who had been shot at by unknown suspects.  The victim and another as yet unidentified male had just arrived at the Elkington St address and were knocking on the door when a vehicle stopped at the curb. Two occupants from the vehicle exited and began shooting at the two males and the residence. The victim was pulled inside the residence by a relative as the shooting started. The unidentified male fled and was not located. No persons were hit by the gunfire. The victim was heavily intoxicated and was less than cooperative with officers refusing to provide a statement. From evidence at the scene it appears 15 rounds were fired with 13 striking the residence and a car parked in front. The suspect vehicle fled northbound on Elkington St. It is yet to be determined if this shooting was gang related or if the victim was the intended target.

TheSalinas Police Department is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder--Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2017 1:27 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder--Shooting

Report #: 17-020719

Date: Wednesday, 2/15/2017

Time: 8:19 PM

Location: Lake Street and Bridge Alley

On February 15, 2017, ShotSpotter was activated at 2019 hrs. in the area of E. Lake St. and Bridge Alley. The first volley recorded eight shots fired and less than 30 seconds later another volley of four shots were recorded. When an officer arrived in the area, he saw a female being helped by two people from E. Lake St. onto N. Main St. The two people saw the officer and dropped the 34 year-old female victim in front of a residence on N. Main St. The two unknown people continued N/B on Main St., out of sight. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center (NMC) and treated for gunshot wounds to her foot and ankle.

Other officers found another victim, a 58-year-old female, in the area of Lake and Bridge suffering from a grazing gunshot wound to the head. She was transported to NMC where she was placed into ICU in stable condition with a non-life threatening injury.

A further search by officers found two more victims in the area of 30 Soledad St. A 60-year-old female was transported to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the left foot. A 27-year-old male was transported to NMC and treated for a gunshot wound to his thigh.

It appears two males approached a group of people and for unknown reasons pulled out handguns and began shooting. No words were exchanged and no motive is known for the shooting. The suspects were described as Hispanic males, wearing grey hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans. They were last seen running southbound on Soledad St. toward Market St.

If anyone has any information regarding this shooting, please contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

****Updated to Homicide Identification

***UPDATE***

Shotspotter reported shots fired in the area of the 100 Block of North Hebbron on February 11, 2017 at 12:29am. Officers found 39-year-old John Rodzach of Salinas, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No witnesses and no further information at this time.

This is the seventh homicide of 2017 in the City of Salinas and is being investigated as gang related.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7125  or Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Homicide Victim Identification

Shotspotter reported shots in the area of the 100 Block of North Hebbron on February 11, 2017. Officers found 39-year-old John Rodzach of Salinas, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  No witnesses and no further information at this time.

This is the seventh homicide of 2017 in the City of Salinas and is being investigated as gang related.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7125  or Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Arrest - 246.3 PC, 186.22 PC, Weapons violations

Release Date/Time: 2/15/2017 5:09 AM

Incident: Arrest - 246.3 PC, 186.22 PC, Weapons violations

Report #: 17-020664

Date: Tuesday, 2/14/2017

Time: 11:29 PM

Location: 500 Block of Terrace St

At 2329 shop spotter activated with three shots in the 500 block of Terrace St. Several units began responding to the area. Three minutes later while the units were responding a second shot spotter activation was received at the same location. The second volley was nine shots. When the first officer arrived he spotted a vehicle leaving the area reported by shot spotter. He followed the vehicle which pulled into a dead end apartment complex parking lot and stopped. Officers confronted the driver as he was exiting his vehicle. The driver, Elijah Gonzalez (20), was uncooperative when ordered to the ground at gunpoint. Gonzalez reached several times towards his pockets and waist while officers were giving him commands. A Taser was used on Gonzalez but it was ineffective. Gonzalez was ultimately taken into custody. A search of the car revealed a loaded semi-auto pistol under the driver seat. There were numerous bullet casings recovered from the area however there were no persons, buildings or vehicles struck. Gonzalez was booked in MCJ for several weapons charges, 246.3 PC and 186.22 PC. This crime is being investigated as gang related. 

Apart from the shot spotter activations there were three calls to 911 reporting the shots.  The calls were received after officers were already in the area and in contact with Gonzalez.

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting Victim

Release Date/Time: 2/14/2017 4:59 AM

Incident: Shooting Victim

Report #: 17-020600

Date: Tuesday, 2/14/2017

Time: 2:05 AM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington Avenue

Shot-Spotter reported 10 shots fired in the 700 block of Elkington Avenue. Dispatch later received a report of a shooting victim inside a residence. An adult male was found inside a residence with a single non-life threatening gunshot wound to his leg. No witnesse's or suspect(s) were located and the case is currently being investigated as gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Luis Bravo

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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