Press Releases

Shooting - Attempted Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Release Date/Time: 11/24/2015 8:51 AM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-111363

Date: Tuesday, 11/24/2015

Time: 1:54 AM

Location: 1149 North Main Street - Rodeo Inn

Salinas Police Officer Joseph Kinney was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle speeding away from the Rodeo Inn southbound on North Main Street.  The Rodeo Inn is well known location for criminal activity.  A traffic stop was conducted on US 101 just north of the East Market Street off ramp.  While speaking with the driver, Calvin Harris, 28, who is from Vallejo, other officers were disptached to the Rodeo Inn regarding a victim of a shooting.  Officers arrived to find a 28 year old White Female Adult victim with a non life threatening gun shot wound to a lower leg.  She was transported to a local hosptial where she was treated and released.  A second victim, a 45 year old Hispanic Male Adult suffered a non life threatening grazing bullet wound to his hand.  He also was treated and released   Harris matched the description of the shooter and was postively identified.  A search of his vehicle revealed a semi automatic firearm matching the caliber of round used in the shooting.  Harris was found to be a previously convicted felon.  He was later booked into the Monterey County Jail for Attempted Homicide, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Domestic Violence.  During the investigation officers searched a room belonging to Raymond Raygoza, 24, at the Rodeo Inn and recovered a rifle, large quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax possessed for sale.  Raygoza was booked into the Monterey County Jail for several firearm and drug charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 11/23/2015 12:56 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-111268

Date: Sunday, 11/22/2015

Time: 9:13 PM

Location: F/O 703 Elton Place

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene they were contacted by an person who pointed out where the victim was. Officers found Juan Diego Morales Quiroz (21) in grave condition in the parking lot just off of the sidewalk. Quiroz had been shot multiple times. Paramedics arrived and shortly thereafter pronounced Quiroz deceased at the scene.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood and could not find anyone who could provide any suspect or suspect vehicle information. Numerous people heard the gunshots but could not provide any further information. It would appear that Quiroz was walking his dog as he normally does when the suspect(s) fired numerous rounds killing Quiroz. At this time, no motive has been determined. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Ongoing sexual abuse of a minor (s)

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2015 8:42 PM

Incident: Ongoing sexual abuse of a minor (s)

Report #: 15-090440

Date: Friday, 11/20/2015

Time: 8:28 PM


Salinas Police Detectives had been investigating the ongoing sexual abuse of a child. Victim 1 was 11 years old when he/she was first victimized. Victim 1 is now 24 years old. Through disclosure and follow up interviews, it was determined that there were two additional victims that are still minors. Victim 2 is 17 years old and Victim 3 is11 years old. The two additional victims made independent disclosures of their abuse at the hand of Guadalupe Marin (39).  Detectives are following up on the possibility of a fourth victim. 

Tonight, Marin was taken into custody.  Following his arrest, he did not wish to provide a statement and requested an attorney.  He was taken to the Monterey County Jail and charged with multiple counts of child molestatation.  A $2,000,000.00 bail escalation was granted by the Monterey County Superior Court.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2015 11:07 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-111129

Date: Thursday, 11/19/2015

Time: 9:23 PM

Location: 300 Block of Cross Ave.

A 19 year old male and a 20 year old male, were standing outside of a residence in the 300 Block of Cross Ave. when a Hispanic male approached on foot.  The subject pointed a gun at the victims and fired several rounds as they ran away towards the nearby park.  The 19 year old sustained non-life threatening wounds to his legs. The 20 year old victim was not struck.  It is unclear if the suspect came from a vehicle which had been seen in the area before the shooting.  This incident is considered gang-related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting / Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 11:18 PM

Incident: Shooting / Pursuit

Report #: 15-111009

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:23 PM

Location: 1200 blk. of Granada Ave

A Salinas Police sergeant was patrolling E. Laurel Dr. near Natividad Rd. He heard multiple gunshots and saw a tan Buick LeSabre speed out of the neighborhood. A vehicle pursuit ensued, which ended in the parking lot of the Monterey County Jail. The suspects fled on foot toward the soccer park on Constitution Blvd. MCSO, CHP and an MCSO K-9 unit responded to help search for the suspects. Meanwhile, officers were dispatched to the victim of a shooting in the 1200 block of Granada Ave.

A 23-year old Hispanic male was sitting on his motorcycle in the driveway of a residence talking to his girlfriend while their 4-year old son played next to them. The suspect vehicle parked on Trazado St and the gunman walked up to the victim. The suspect opened fire from just a few feet away and the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his lower abdomen before the gunman ran to the waiting car.

An exhaustive, 2-hour search was conducted but the suspects were able to elude capture. A semi-auto handgun was located inside the suspect vehicle, which matches the caliber used in the shooting. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this point and the victim does not appear to have any gang ties. At the time of this press release, the victim was still in surgery and his condition is unknown.  

Release Authorized by: Commander S. Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Located At-Risk Missing Person

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 9:13 AM

Incident: Located At-Risk Missing Person

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:36 AM

Location: S. Main

At- Risk Missing person Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Located At-Risk Missing Person

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 8:40 AM

Incident: Located At-Risk Missing Person

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:36 AM

Location: S Main St

At- Risk Missing person Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

At-Risk Missing Person


****UPDATE**** 11/17/15 0830

Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.


Stan Cooper, Cdr




The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating an at-risk missing person. Nicholas Johnson, age 30, was last seen walking in the area of Market St and Greenfield Alley. Nicholas has severe mental disability and requires medication for life-threatening medical issues. Nicholas was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes, a light blue baseball cap with Nike logo and a beaded necklace with a cross around his neck. Anyone with information as to Nicholas' whereabouts is urged to call 831-758-7321, the SPD Watch Commander's office at 831-758-7250 or 9-1-1 immediately.

Theft Suspect Contacted

Release Date/Time: 11/16/2015 2:08 PM

Incident:  Theft Suspect Contacted

Date: Monday, 11/16/2015

Time: 2:08 PM

Location:  Maya Cinemas  153 Main Street

*UPDATE*  Approximately 1 1/2 hour after the press release, the susepct returned to the Maya Cinemas and said she wanted to return the wallet.  Officers responded and contacted the suspect.  The wallet and contents were recovered and the suspect interviewed.  The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Theft Suspect

Release Date/Time: 11/16/2015 11:04 AM

Incident:  Theft of Wallet

Date: Monday, 11/15/2015

Time: 3:50 PM

Location:  Maya Cinema 153 Main Street 

The victim lost her wallet when it fell from her pocket while at the concession stand inside the theater.  The pictured suspect was captured on surveillance video picking up the wallet and concealing it in her jacket.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect.  She is a heavy set Hispanic female adult, possibly in her forties.  She was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket and black boots.  Anyone recognizing the suspect is asked to contact Officer David Crabill Jr. at 831-775-4201 ext. 6362 or the tip line at 831-775-4222.


Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271


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