Press Releases

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/19/2016 10:28 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16-040915

Date: Monday, 4/18/2016

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 2100 blk of North Main Street

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting and found a 20-year old Hispanic male who was shot twice in the lower extremities. 20 shell casings were located in the street. Videos from nearby buildings are being reviewed. In one surveillance video, a 2004-2007 GMC Denali XL with tinted windows was seen on video and officers are trying to determine if the vehicle is involved. Three suspects fled prior to officers arrival and three different firearms were used. The victim is out of surgery and wounds are non-life threatening. The case is being investigated as gang-related.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary and Fraud Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/14/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: Burglary and Fraud Arrest

Date: Wednesday, 4/13/2016

Time: 1:30 PM

Location: 400 Block E. Market

Salinas Police Detectives and Monterey County Sheriff Deputies were working a burglary, identity theft and credit card fraud case. They were able to identify the suspect as Ramee Ayesh(29). Ayesh was the suspect that led Fresno PD on a pursuit a few weeks prior but was released on bail. He has been identified in several burglaries in the Salinas area including Las Palmas and Creekbridge. Ayesh had been wearing a hard hat and reflective vest pretending to be a PG&E worker on several burglaries.  He was also seen wearing a suit during several burglaries.  Ayesh worked as a car salesman for My Nissan and Salinas Valley Ford for months where he would make copies of customers information and use the information.  He was fired from both dealerships prior to being arrested.  Ayesh was taken into custody and booked in to Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

2012 Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/13/2016 4:31 PM

Incident: 2012 Homicide Arrest

Date: Wednesday, 4/13/2016

Time: 4:28 PM

Location: US Border at San Ysidro Port of Entry

On Sunday, April 10th, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notified the Salinas Police Department about an arrest they made at the San Ysidro port of entry. Agents detained a person attempting to sneak into the United States using false documents. During a fingerprint check, the male was found to be Francisco Javier Navarro, age 37. Navarro was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested by CBP and held on the warrant.

In early 2013, the Salinas Police Department secured an arrest warrant for Navarro based on the murder that occurred on December 24, 2012 in the 1200 blk of Second Ave. The shooting appears to have been the result of a family dispute between the victim, Salvador Garcia (age 30) and Navarro. During the argument, Navarro pulled out a gun and shot Garcia one time, killing him. Navarro fled the scene and was believed to gone to Mexico. Navarro will be transported to Monterey County in the near future to face the murder charge. Attached is the press release from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office.

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Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 4/11/2016 7:03 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 04 0533

Date: Monday, 4/11/2016

Time: 3:18 PM

Location: 1300 Block of Estrella Way

A 16 year-old was shot in front of a home on the 1300 block of Estrella Way this afternoon. A dark colored vehicle, possibly a Honda, pulled up and the occupant fired several shots at the victim striking him multiple times in the torso. The victim was transported to a local hospital and was admitted with serious, but non-life threatening wounds.  

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

Shooting Victim

Release Date/Time: 4/11/2016 12:09 AM

Incident: Shooting Victim

Report #: 16 04 0488

Date: Sunday, 4/10/2016

Time: 10:22 PM

Location: Sieber St./ Orchard Ave

A 20-year-old man was walking his bicycle on Sieber Street at Orchard Avenue. Several shots were fired by an unknown suspect striking the victim one time in the torso. The victim was very uncooperative, would not provide any information, and was transported to a local hospital. The man is expected to live. 911 callers reported an HMA in dark clothing, possibly wearing a dark gray Pendleton, and blue jeans, last seen running eastbound.

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

Criminal threats, Parole Violation

Release Date/Time: 4/10/2016 3:08 PM

Incident: Criminal threats, Parole Violation

Date: Sunday, 4/10/2016

Time: 3:18 AM

Location: 1400 Blk. Amador Cir.

Officers responded to the 1400 blk. Amador Circle after receiving a 911 call from residents about death threats being made by a suspect identified as Rodney Sablan (37). Investigation revealed that Sablan had made several death threats towards other people in the home and also held down a 66-year-old man preventing him from calling police. Officers who originally investigated the case said there was about a 15-minute delay time between the initial report and when they arrived on scene but it was suspected that Sablan was still in the home.  After officers arrived they hailed for well over an hour and ultimately requested Salinas Police SWAT to conduct a tactical entry. Sablan is a well know norteno gang member with a long criminal history of violence, gun possession and resisting arrest.  Also it was found that Sablan has absconded from parole and was wanted for not reporting to his parole officer for several months. Salinas Police SWAT later arrived ultimately making entry to the residence to find that Sablan was not there and had escaped during the 15 minutes prior to officer arrival.  A county wide BOL was place for Sablan.  Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Sablan are urged to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250 or the Salinas Police anonymous tip line.

Release Authorized by:  Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 4/8/2016 9:59 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 16-040344

Date: Thursday, 4/7/2016

Time: 1:33 PM

Location: Maryal Drive and E. Bernal Drive

A 38-year-old woman was driving her white Honda minivan w/b in the #1 lane of E. Bernal approaching Maryal at about 30 to 35 mph. A 53-year-old male was riding his bicycle down the hill of Maryal toward Bernal. A witness saw the bicyclist ride through the stop sign without even slowing. He collided with the right/front of the minivan. The man suffered head trauma and a possible broken arm. He was transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit and taken in immediately for surgery. The man was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver was properly licensed and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The case is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 4/8/2016 9:59 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 16-040344

Date: Thursday, 4/7/2016

Time: 1:33 PM

Location: Maryal Drive and E. Bernal Drive

A 38-year-old woman was driving her white Honda minivan w/b in the #1 lane of E. Bernal approaching Maryal at about 30 to 35 mph. A 53-year-old male was riding his bicycle down the hill of Maryal toward Bernal. A witness saw the bicyclist ride through the stop sign without even slowing. He collided with the right/front of the minivan. The man suffered head trauma and a possible broken arm. He was transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit and taken in immediately for surgery. The man was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver was properly licensed and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The case is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/7/2016 5:42 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 500 Block of Mae Ave

A 35 year old male was outside near a vehicle when a vehicle pulled up to his location and began firing at the male.  The male was struck several times by the gunfire.  Officers and medical staff arrived and transported the subject to the hospital for treatment.  There are no witnesses and no further information regarding the shooting.

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Polcie Department 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".

Release Authorized by: Brian Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:05 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 11:20 AM

Location: P/L 912 Acosta Plaza

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down. Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene. Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far. Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective 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: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

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