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Suspicious Person Knocking on Doors

Suspicious Person Knocking on Doors

Yesterday a Hispanic male in his late 40's, approx. 6' tall, thin with an acne complexion, wearing a black leather jacket and dark color jeans knocked on a door in the North Salinas area. He called the female resident by name and requested she let him inside. He said he was there to test the water. He did not have any identifying information. He kept telling the female that it would be a quick test. She did not open the door and continued to question him. She felt very uneasy because he knew her name and was really trying to talk her into opening the door. He even told her she was smart not to open her door to a stranger, but said he was fine. She called police and he left before we arrived.

We searched the area but did not find anyone matching that description. While we do not know this persons intentions, it is clear he had no business knocking on this woman's door requesting to be let inside. She trusted her instincts and refused to open her door.

This happens from time to time and is a good reminder to everyone to follow basic safety rules, one being not opening doors to strangers. If you do not have a peep hole in your door, consider getting one and mounting it in a spot where the shortest member of your family can see through. It may require 2 separate peep holes, one higher for adults and one lower for smaller kids. These are cheap, easy to install and available at local hardware stores.

Remember that if you see something suspicious, trust your instincts and call police. We take these calls seriously and will do our best to respond quickly.

Armed Robbery with Shots Fired

Release Date/Time: 11/23/2014 2:02 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery with Shots Fired

Report #: 14-111159

Date: Sunday, 11/23/2014

Time: 12:06 PM

Location: 241 John St - John St Mini Mart

An Hispanic male, approximately 18-years old, wearing a black hoodie and black face mask entered the store and demanded money. The 59-year old clerk did not resist and gave the suspect all the money in the till. The suspect struck the victim in the face with a pistol and fired one round into the screen of the surveillance monitor before fleeing Northbound on Front St. The camera and recorder were not damaged and a large caliber casing was recovered at the scene. Officers were in the area immediately, along with a CHP helicopter, but the suspect was not located. The video security system was taken to the police department for processing.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2014 12:43 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 14-110928

Date: Tuesday, 11/18/2014

Time: 8:09 PM

Location: 20 S. Hebbron Ave.

Officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired with a man down. When they arrived on scene, they found Gabriel Lopez Jr. (18) down on the driveway, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. It was reported that multiple rounds were heard.  There were people in the area at the time of the shooting but none would come forward to provide information.  Lopez was immediately transported to Natividad Medical Center where at the time of this posting is in critical condition.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Zuniga at 758-7929 or Detective Roman at 758-7913.  Information can be left anonymously at 758-7133 or 775-4222. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Shooting Victim

Release Date/Time: 11/18/2014 10:46 PM

Incident: Shooting Victim

Report #: 14-110925

Date: Tuesday, 11/18/2014

Time: 6:11 PM

Location: 700 block of Kilbreth Avenue

The 27 year old male victim was walking on Kilbreth Avenue, possibly with a second person, when he was confronted by two Hispanic male suspects, 18-20 years of age.  One of the suspects had a semi auto handgun.  The suspect yelled something at the victim and shot multiple rounds at him as he chased him southbound on Kilbreth Avenue.  4 parked vehicles were struck by gunfire.  There was mention that there may have been a second victim but we were unable to locate that person.  The one victim sustained several gunshot wounds but none were life threatening.  The victim was not cooperative.  This shooting is being investigated as gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2014 11:50 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Date: Monday, 11/17/2014

Time: 6:49 PM

Location: 1600 Block of Atherton Way

Officers responded to a report of a victim of a head wound in the 1600 block of Atherton Wy. Steven Ferguson (45) was in a verbal argument with his 69 year old father, who lives in the home with him. During the argument, Steven pushed his father down and threatened to kill him before striking him in the head with a hatchet, causing a severe, but non-life threatening laceration. The father was able to get up and fled the home to a neighbor, who called police. Initial officers arrived on scene within minutes and were told that Steven was last known to be in the home alone.  A perimeter was set and hailing and attempted calls to Steven begun, but we had no response and it was becoming unknown if he was still in the home or if he had fled prior to our arrival. At approximately 2150 hours, while officers were still at the home, officers on scene with the father at Natividad Medial Center, determined Steven was  in the parking lot, As they attempted contact he was non-cooperative and tried to turn and walk away when he was TASED and taken into custody. He was later boked into Monterey County Jail for attempted murder. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Search Warrant

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2014 4:45 PM

Incident: Search Warrant

Report #: 14-110633

Date: Thursday, 11/13/2014

Time: 9:50 PM

Location: 200 block Williams Rd

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant in the 200 block of Williams Rd.  Officers located methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana consistant with drug sales.  Two handguns were also found, one was reported stolen and the other was unregistered.  Felix Soto (56) was lodged in county jail for numerous charges related to illegal gun possession and drug sales.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Introduce "Here to Hear / Aquí para escuchar" Meetings

Salinas Police Department Hear to Hear meetings: Learn moreRelease Date/Time: 11/12/2014 11:00 AM

Incident: Salinas Police Introduce "Here to Hear / Aquí para escuchar" Meetings

Date: Wednesday, 11/12/2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Hebbron Family Center, Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

As part of a commitment to deepening connections between residents and the police who serve them, the Salinas Police Department is inviting members of the public to request small group meetings with Chief Kelly McMillin or other senior staff.

Any resident of Salinas will be able to request a "Here to Hear" or "Aquí para escuchar" meeting by filling out a short web form, by filling out a paper form at the police station or other locations around the City, or by making a phone call (details are below).

Here to Hear meetings will take place in an informal setting outside police headquarters. In order to encourage open dialog, the identities of the people attending the meeting will be kept confidential unless they choose otherwise. To ensure that each attendee has a chance to participate, groups will be limited to six or fewer people at a time. Meetings can be conducted in English or Spanish.

"I've had quite a few meetings like this already and I know they're valuable," said Chief McMillin. "We want to make sure people know this option is available for them and to make it as easy as possible."

The small group meetings complement the larger public meetings frequently attended by the Chief and other officers.

"The big, public meetings are important too," said Chief McMillin. "In these smaller ones there's time to go deeper, and people may feel more comfortable speaking frankly."

Here to Hear goes live on November 12, 2014, with the launch of the web request form at salinaspd.com/here-to-hear and in Spanish at salinaspd.com/aqui-para-escuchar. Paper forms will initially be available at the police station and City Hall, and will be offered to community organizations, churches and others. The phone number to call on or after November 12 will be (831) 758-7286.

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Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/10/2014 12:04 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 14-110440

Date: Sunday, 11/9/2014

Time: 6:10 PM

Location: 169 Orchard Ave.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired with victims down. When they arrived they found a twenty four year old victim with a gunshot wound.  They also found Jorge Mosqueda (23) suffering from a gunshot wound.  Preliminarily  it appears as there was only one suspect who was seen running from the area after the shots were fired.  Both victims were transported to Natividad Medical Center.  One victim was treated and released. Mosqueda was rushed into surgery where he later died . At this time, it is not clear what the motive is.  There were numerous people in and around the apartment complex at the time of the shooting.  Anyone who may have seen or heard anything is encouraged to contact Detective David Poulin at 758-7270 or Detective Arlene Currier at 758-7125.  Anonymous tip information can be left on the Salinas Police Department Crime Tip Line or the We-Tip Hotline.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Kidnapping

Release Date/Time: 11/8/2014 5:13 PM

Incident: Attempted Kidnapping

Report #: 14-110380

Date: Saturday, 11/8/2014

Time: 1:29 PM

Location: 1714 Burlington Dr. - Steinbeck Elementary School

A 5 year old boy had attended a school-related function at Steinbeck Elementary.  As his mother was arriving at the school to pick him up, she noticed her son standing near the open door of a vehicle in the parking lot.  It appeared a woman was trying to push him inside.  The boy's mother yelled out to the woman to leave her son alone.  The temporary distraction allowed the victim to slip past the woman and safely get away.  The suspect, described only as a light-skinned female with blonde hair, quickly got into the vehicle. It sped off with the door still open, being driven by a second female. The vehicle was described as a silver Nissan Altima in stock condition and was last seen traveling towards New Salem Dr.  The was no further description on either suspect.  This case is being investigated as an attempted stranger abduction.  The Salinas Police Department is asking the public for help in trying to identify the people or vehicles involved in this incident.  

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest of Burglary/Trespass Suspect

Release Date/Time: 11/6/2014 11:55 AM

Incident: Arrest of Burglary/Trespass Suspect

Report #: 14-110221, 0224 and 0232

Date: Wednesday, 11/5/2014

Time: 6:15 AM

Location: 400 blk. of Belmont Dr.

At 6:15a.m., Officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Belmont Dr on the report of a burglary in-progress. A woman reported that she was home with her daughter when a man entered the home armed with a knife. The suspect fled while officers were responding and neither victim was injured. While officers were searching the area, an officer saw the suspect in the 800 block of Central Ave. The suspect fled into a back yard of a residence and officers set a perimeter but could not locate him. It was later determined that the suspect, Treyshaun Holmes (18) had entered the back yard of a home to hide from police and he discovered that he back door to the house was unlocked. Holmes entered the home while officers were searching for him and burglarized the house. The family that resides in that house were inside and sleeping while Holmes was inside.

Approximately 30 minutes later, callers began reporting that a suspect matching Holmes' description was walking in the area of Marion Dr. with his pants down, exposing himself. Officers continued their search. Eventually, Holmes was seen on the roof of a home. He jumped from the roof into the rear field of Washington Middle School. The school was immediately locked down as the search continued. Holmes was eventually captured in the back yard of a house on Clay St. and the school lockdown was lifted after about 15 minutes. Holmes was still in possession of the property he had stolen from the house on Central Ave. The victims from Central Ave were unaware their home had been burglarized and identified all their property, which was returned to them.

Holmes was interviewed and then booked into Monterey County Jail on multiple charges including residential burglary and trespassing.

 

 

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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