Press Releases

Motorcycle vs. DUI Driver

Release Date/Time: 7/27/2016 12:12 AM

Incident: Motorcycle vs. DUI Driver

Report #: 16 07 1341

Date: Tuesday, 7/26/2016

Time: 9:18 PM

Location: Boronda / Rider Ave.

A 22-year-old male was riding eastbound on Boronda at Rider Avenue when Mateo Perez (31), turned left from westbound Boronda onto Rider Avenue in front of him. The motorcycle struck Perez' vehicle resulting in serious injuries. Perez fled the scene. A witness took a photo of Perez' vehicle capturing the license plate, and officers located the vehicle and Perez at Natividad Creek Park. Perez was positively identified as the driver of the vehicle involved in the collision. Perez' blood alcohol content was determined to be almost twice the legal limit. He was booked into County Jail for felony DUI, and felony hit and run.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang Member Possession of Firearm with Narcotics, etc..

Release Date/Time: 7/26/2016 4:56 PM

Incident: Gang Member Possession of Firearm with Narcotics, etc..

Report #: 16-071278

Date: Monday, 7/25/2016

Time: 6:10 PM

Location: Parking Lot of 914 Acosta Plaza

Officers on foot in the area of Acosta Plaza observed two subjects; Marcos Sanchez, 19 and a 22-year-old sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot. Upon walking up to the car officers smelled marijuana and asked the driver to step from the vehicle. A search of the driver, Marcos Sanchez, 19, revealed a loaded .380 Kel Tec semi-auto in his right front pocket. Four bindles of cocaine and a small amount of marijuana were found in the vehicle. Sanchez was booked in County Jail and the 22-year-old passenger was released.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting Update--Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/26/2016 3:49 PM

Incident: Shooting Update--Homicide

Report #: 16-071155

Date: Tuesday, 7/26/2016

Time: 3:46 PM

Location: 35 E. Rossi St.

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, a shooting occurred in the area of 35 E. Rossi St. Officers were called to the area at approximately 8:10 am for a victim that had been shot several times. The victim, later identified as 57-year-old Israel Tate Jr., had been chased to the backyard area of one of the residences and shot. Tate was transported to Natividad Medical Center in critical condition. Today, we were advised Tate died from his wounds.

The investigation has revealed a disturbance may have occurred in the area of Lake St. and Bridge St. just prior to the shooting. It appears Tate was fleeing from the Lake and Bridge area onto E. Rossi with a black 4-door sedan chasing him. Witnesses say Tate ran down the driveway of 35 E. Rossi St. followed closely by the sedan. After the shooting, the sedan pulled back onto E. Rossi St. and fled eastbound toward Sherwood Dr.

This homicide is not being investigated as gang related. This is the 18th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information regarding the incident on Lake St. and/or the shooting on E. Rossi St., to please contact Detective Cameron Murphy at (831) 758-7322; or Detective Stephen Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Possession of a Firearm with Controlled Substance while out on bail, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Dismembered Hawk

Release Date/Time: 7/22/2016 5:06 PM

Incident: Possession of a Firearm with Controlled Substance while out on bail, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Dismembered Hawk

Report #: 16-071125

Date: Friday, 7/22/2016

Time: 12:54 PM

Location: Under 50 block of East Romie Lane and 400 Block of Riker Street

Salinas Police Directed Enforcement Officers and Salinas Parole Agents assisted the California Highway Patrol (CHP) on a traffic stop conducted on Raul Gonzalo Tapia, 38, in the parking lot of a business in the under 50 block of East Romie Lane.  The CHP canine alerted to the vehicle and a search was conducted. A semi-automatic Glock pistol was located in the vehicle and a loaded magazine was in Tapia's pants pocket.  Tapia had in his possession over 16 grams of methamphetamine and a small amount of cocaine on his person. Tapia's residence was searched and a stolen California Department of Corrections ballistic vest and a small amount of methamphetamine was located.  A dismembered hawk was located in Tapia's freezer.  The head had been removed from the body and wrapped in a towel along with the talons and wings.  California Department of Fish & Game was contacted and it was determined that the possession of a hawk in this condition is a misdemeanor crime.  Tapia had been arrested previously by Salinas Police and Salinas Parole in June of 2016 where 3 firearms and approxmately 1/2 pound of methamphetamine was recovered during that investigation.  Tapia was out on bail for that previous arrest.  Tapia was booked into the Monterey County Jail for various gun, narcotic, stolen property and fish & game violations.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant George Lauricella

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Child Molest at a Daycare Facility Arrest

A licensed daycare facility was operating at 120 Valenica Street.  The facility was operated by the mother of Jairo Lopez(21).  A victim contacted police stating in 2012 Lopez would touch the victim inapproriately while at the daycare facility.  Lopez was interviewed and admitted to the allegations.  He was lodged at Monterey County Jail on numerous sexual assault charges.  It is believed there are possibly more victims from the facility. 

Anyone with information regarding Lopez or victim iniformation is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or [email protected]. 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Homicide Arrest

After nearly 3 months of exhaustive investigation, the Salinas Police Department, in conjunction with the Monterey County District Attorney's Office, have charged Fabian Alvarado (18), of Salinas, with the May 8, 2016 homicide that occurred in the 300 block of Block Ave.  Alvarado was already in custody at the Monterey County Jail for a probation violation and is expected to be arraigned on the homicide charge later this week.  While Alvarado has been arrested on this case, it is still considered an active and on-going investigation. 

The Salinas Police Investigations Bureau is asking for anyone who might have any information regarding the shooting to contact Detective G. Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or the Investigations Bureau's main telephone number 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

Date: Sunday, 5/8/2016  Time: 10:45 PM

Location: 300 blk of Block Ave.

On May 8, 2016, at approximately 10:45 pm, several people called 911 and reported hearing about 20 shots in the area of the 300 blk of Block Ave. At the time, it was unknown if someone had been hit. While officers were enroute to the area, the call was upgraded to a victim of a shooting. When officers arrived they found a 21-year-old male suffering from multiple wounds to his torso. Officers provided CPR until medical personnel arrived and pronounced the victim deceased. The victim was working on a vehicle when an unknown gunman approached and fired several times at the victim. It is unknown if anything was said prior to the shooting.  The suspect was described as a HMA wearing a light colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. After the shooting, the suspect may have fled in a dark colored mid-sized SUV. It was last seen westbound on Block Ave. toward Kip Dr.

This shooting is being investigated as gang related. This is the 13th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.

The Salinas Police Investigations Bureau is asking for anyone who might have any information regarding the shooting to contact Detective G. Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or the Investigations Bureau's main telephone number 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Rodeo Week DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2016 12:34 PM

Incident: Rodeo Week DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 7/20/2016

Time: 12:33 AM

Location: Salinas

The AVOID the 20 DUI Task Force will be sending out additional officers this Rodeo Weekend for DUI enforcement. The California Rodeo Salinas is the biggest event in the area year in and year out and is a source of enjoyment for hundreds of families. People come from all over to enjoy the festivities. Many of the festivities include alcohol consumption which adds to the enjoyment for many. However, some partiers make the poor decision to drive after drinking and a DUI crash is not so much fun to those who are injured or killed, not to mention the devastation it can cause to entire families.

The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Wednesday night by deploying special DUI Saturation Patrols that will continue through Sunday. 'It is very important to plan ahead,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of Salinas PD. 'It just seems too easy to take the chance and drive home when you've been drinking and haven't worked out a plan ahead of time.”

• Plan ahead. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Call a taxi or get a ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

• If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and when you drive drunk, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else. You will be looking at jail time, the loss of your driver license, higher insurance rates, plus dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. The average DUI costs about $10,000. Wouldn't you rather pay for a ride home?

Funding for the Avoid DUI Task Force is a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the summer August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting /Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 7/19/2016 1:07 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting /Pursuit

Report #: 16 07 0927

Date: Tuesday, 7/19/2016

Time: 5:58 PM

Location: Under 100 Block of S. Hebbron Ave.

At around 6:00 PM, officers were patrolling in the area of Alisal and Sanborn when they heard what they believed were gunshots.  One of them saw a black Kia Sportage driving recklessly out of the area and the officer believed it might have been related to the gunshots. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle took off at high speed.

While this was happening we began receiving calls of a shooting on S. Hebbron Avenue, and officers responded to both the shooting and the vehicle pursuit. The pursuit continued and the Kia raced onto northbound Sanborn and took Circle into the Laurel Heights neighborhood. As the Kia was in the area of St. Edwards at St. Charles the rear passenger, Martin Hoyos (19), ran from the vehicle with a .45 caliber semi-auto in his hand. Officers chased him on foot and yelled at him to drop the gun. After a short distance Hoyos tossed the gun into a driveway and continued running. He was tased and was taken into custody.

The Kia was abandoned in on the 800 block of N. Madeira Avenue and the remaining occupants fled. Officers were in the area searching when one of the officers in an unmarked vehicle saw someone coming over a fence on the 500 block of St. Albans. Additional officers came into the area and searched some thick bushes near where the man had been seen jumping the fence. Jose Rocha (21), was hiding in the bushes and was found and apprehended by a police K9.  A search was made for the third suspect but he was not found.

Approximately 15 rounds had been fired at the scene of the shooting located on the 100 block of S. Hebbron Avenue. No one was injured in the shooting, however, one home and two vehicles were struck by bullets. Miraculously, there were three people in one of the vehicles struck by multiple bullets and no one was hurt.

Based on our investigation we determined Hoyos, Rocha, and the third person in the vehicle were the suspects in the shooting and had just completed the shooting when officers came across them fleeing the scene of the crime.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder (Shooting)

Release Date/Time: 7/18/2016 5:55 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder (Shooting)

Report #: N/A

Date: Saturday, 7/16/2016

Time: 11:27 PM

Location: 600 block of Archer Street

Officers were called to a report of two victims of a shooting in the 600 blk. of Archer Street. Officers arrived and found a 38-year-old male and a 42-year-old female with multiple gunshot wounds. The victims were standing outside their vehicle when two subjects approached them and started shooting. The motive is unknonw at this time and whether this shooting is gang related. The victims were taken to a local hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Release Authorized by: Luis A. Bravo

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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