Press Releases

Vehicular Manslaughter and Hit & Run

Release Date/Time: 7/6/2015 1:01 AM

Incident: Vehicular Manslaughter and Hit & Run

Report #: 15-070252

Date: Sunday, 7/5/2015

Time: 7:40 PM

Location: E. Market St. & N. Madeira Ave.

Officers responded to the area of E. Market St. and N. Madeira Ave. for a report of a traffic collision. A Lincoln Towncar and Toyota van were located at the intersection with major damage.  The driver of the Lincoln was no longer at the scene, but his passenger was left behind with severe injuries.  Yesenia Escoria Romero, 24, later died at the hospital.  It appears the Lincoln had been traveling on N. Madeira at a high rate of speed.  It struck the Toyota at the intersection before coming to a stop.  The driver, described as a dark complected male with tattoos on his neck, fled on foot.  Anthony Seven Bouchereau, 21, is a person of interest in this case.  He had been recently been dating Romero and has not been yet been located.  Bouchereau is believed to be from Texas and there is no additional information on where he may be staying locally.  Again, Bouchereau is considered a person of interest at this time.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2015 2:38 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 15-070132

Date: Friday, 7/3/2015

Time: 12:07 PM

Location: 1033 E. Alisal - Don Roberto's Jewelry

Officers were dispatched for a robbery at Don Roberto Jewelers. A white Escalade had backed into the handicapped stall right in front of the store. When a female with a 4 year old boy was buzzed into the business, the 2 suspects in the Escalade jumped out from the car and ran into the store. One male with a silver handgun grabbed the boy and threatened to shot him if the owners did not give them the keys to the jewelry. One of the owners handed the man with the handgun the keys. That suspect then handed the boy off to his accomplice, who was armed with a shotgun. He held the boy at gunpoint until the first suspect got the jewelry from the display. The suspect holding the boy released him and both ran back to their car. They drove away W/B on Alisal St. The suspects were masked with bandanas, spoke both English and Spanish and at one point told one told the other to 'check the scanner”. The young boy was not injured during this robbery, but was very upset.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2015 11:37 AM

Incident: DUI checkpoint

Report #: 15-070129

Date: Friday, 7/3/2015

Time: 11:23 AM

Location: East Laurel Drive and Maryal Drive

On Thursday night, July 2nd, officers conducted a multi-agency DUI checkpoint in the area of East Laurel Drive and Maryal Drive as part of the Avoid the 20, Fourth of July campaign. Seven police officers and 4 Community Service Officers from the Salinas Police Department along with two officers from Marina PD, two officers from Pacific Grove PD, and two deputies from the San Benito Sheriff's Office worked the checkpoint together from about 6 PM until about midnight.

One driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and one driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests on four other drivers who were determined not to be under the influence. One driver was arrested for possession of methamphetamines and two were arrested for outstanding warrants. Twenty seven drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed and 6 were cited for driving on a suspended license. Officers wrote seven additional citations.

Officers will continue the campaign by working DUI patrols throughout the weekend in both Monterey and San Benito counties.

Funding for the Avoid the 20 DUI Campaign is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Avoid DUI Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the 18 day August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unlawful Dentistry Practice

Release Date/Time: 6/30/2015 9:20 PM

Incident: Unlawful Dentistry Practice

Report #: 15-061435

Date: Tuesday, 6/30/2015

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: 731 Leese Dr

On Saturday, June 27, a 32-year old male showed up at the Natividad Medical Center Emergency Room with a broken molar and lacerated gums. He told staff that he had a dental procedure completed by Ana Diaz (56) in the living room of her home on Leese Dr. Diaz tried to extract the tooth for more than 90 minutes before it broke leaving the victim in excruciating pain. The victim told officers that Diaz was also selling prescription medications to her patients in the form of antibiotics from Mexico. Today, officers contacted Diaz at her home. They were given permission to enter where they saw a makeshift surgical room with a dental chair, table and numerous dental tools. The dental tools were taken as evidence and Diaz was booked for a variety of charges including Practicing as a Dentist Without a License Resulting in Injury, Selling and/or Administering Controlled Substances, Administration of General Anesthesia without a License; both of which are felonies. Officers determined that Diaz had been convicted of the same or similar violations in 2010.

The victim in this case spoke only Spanish and is in the country illegally. He was concerned that he would would be prosecuted if contacted by police so he delayed seeking medical treatment for three days until the pain was unbearable. Salinas Police suspect that Diaz has performed illegal dental procedures on other people and are seeking information from additional victims. If you or someone you know has received dental/medical treatment from Ana Diaz, you are urged to call Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Identity Needed

Release Date/Time: 6/30/2015 4:50 PM

Incident:  Identity Needed

Date: Tuesday, 6/30/2015

Time: 4:50 PM

Location:  222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department detectives are asking for the poublic's assistance in identifying the below female.  She is not a suspect but may have pertinent information related to an ongoing shooting investigation.  Anyone recognizing the female is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 (byrong@ci.salinas.ca.us) or Detective Rudy Roman at 831-758-7913 (rodolfor@ci.salinas.ca.us).

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Fourth of July DUI enforcement

 

This Fourth of July, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over'

Salinas, CA – The Fourth of July is one of America's favorite holidays, and why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks. And yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking.

From 2009-2013, nearly 40 percent of ALL traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes. Of the five major holiday periods of the year in California, the Fourth of July ranks as having the highest daily fatality rate. Over the Fourth of July holiday period in 2013 alone (6 p.m. July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. July 8th), there were 199 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our nation's roads, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In California, 28 individuals were killed in Alcohol Involved crashes.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, the Avoid the 20 DUI task force will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.

• Numerous DUI Saturation patrols will deploy from Thursday through Sunday in several cities in both Monterey and San Benito Counties.

• A DUI Checkpoint is planned in the City of Salinas at an undisclosed location within the city beginning at 6 PM until 1 AM on July 2nd. A DUI Checkpoint is planned in the City of Greenfield at an undisclosed location within the City beginning at 6PM until 1PM on July 3rd.

• CHP officers will deploy a Maximum Enforcement Period during the 3 day weekend with all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads

NHTSA data shows that 10,076 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2013—representing almost a third of all crash fatalities. By comparison, during the July Fourth period that year, 39 percent of all crash fatalities involved alcohol-impaired drivers. The rate of high-BAC impaired driving is astounding. In fatal crashes during the July Fourth period in 2013, more than one-fifth (21%) of involved drivers or motorcycle operators had BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the legal limit. NHTSA data also reveals that 35 percent of young drivers (18 to 34 years old) were driving drunk (BAC of .08 or higher) in fatal crashes over the July Fourth period in 2013. Motorcycle operators are also overrepresented as the highest percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes. In 2013, more than one-quarter (27%) of motorcycle operators in fatal crashes had BACs of .08 or higher.

Drunk drivers are more common at night, too. Over the July 4th holiday in 2013, more than two fifths (42%) of the drivers in nighttime fatal crashes (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were alcohol-impaired, as compared to 13 percent of drivers in fatal crashes during the day.

If you're caught driving drunk or drug impaired, you will be arrested. Aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000. Law enforcement region-wide is asking for everyone's support this holiday weekend and all summer long:

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

• DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

• DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL= CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate 'Report Drunk Drivers! Call 911!”

• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take your friend's keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.

Funding for the Avoid the 20 DUI Campaign is by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid DUI Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the 18 day August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/28/2015 11:11 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-061479

Date: Sunday, 6/28/2015

Time: 8:31 PM

Location: Under 100 block of Kentucky St.

A 34 year old male was riding his bicycle in the under 100 block of Kentuckuy St. when someone from a passing vehicle fired several shots at him.  The victim was struck once on the leg and was transported to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries, which were not life-threatening.  The vehicle was described as a gray Nissan Altima with tinted windows. This incident is considered to be gang-related.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/28/2015 11:03 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-061466

Date: Sunday, 6/28/2015

Time: 6:48 PM

Location: E. Market St. & First Ave.

A 42 year old male was drving in the area of E. Market St. and First Ave. when he was approached by a vehicle with four occupants wearing hoodies. One of the passengers leaned out the window and fired a gun several times at the victim, striking him once on the arm. He drove himself to a local hospital for treatment to his non life-threatening injuries.  The suspect vehicle was described as a gray or blue Nissan Altima.  There is no further information on the suspects or vehicle at this time.  The shooting is being investigated as gang-related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day

Release Date/Time: 6/26/2015 5:18 PM

Incident:Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day

Date: Friday, 6/26/2015

Time: 5:18 PM

Location:El Dorado Park (1640 El Dorado Drive)

Release Authorized by:Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone:831-970-7874

(Salinas, CA – June 27) The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be holding their opening day celebration for the 22nd season of Junior Giants Baseball on Saturday June 27th

 

Supporting the PAL organization, Mayor Joe Gunter and Police Chief Kelly McMillin will participate in the first pitch faceoff slated for 9:00 am. (Media photo-op available) Come see who is the best pitcher as they simultaneously throw out the honorary first pitch. 

This year, over 1000 participants are signed to play ball. The ages of the league range from 5-18 years old.  This is the 3rd year in a row that the league has increased their participation.  Players and their families are to be in attendance of the opening day celebration that is to take place at El Dorado Park.  'We are extremely thankful for the major donation made by Mann Packing of Salinas. "Their generosity and support of this program is fantastic! They have again provided new baseball gloves for distribution to the children in the program”, said Salinas Police Officer and Executive Director of PAL Officer Angel Gonzalez. 

 

'Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day” - El Dorado Park

1655 El Dorado Avenue

Saturday June 27, 2015, 9:00am

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 6/20/2015 12:38 AM
Incident: Homicide
Report #: 15-061013
Date: Friday, 6/19/2015
Time: 9:47 PM
Location: 646 Williams Rd.

Officers were dispatched to the taqueria for a fight and victim of a stabbing. They found Antonio Gonzalez-Alejo (43) with multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. Gonzalez-Alejo was transported to NMC where he was pronounced deceased. Gonzalez-Alejo was at the taqueria with Geronimo Hernandez for karoke night. They got into an argument that became physical when they went outside.  Witnesses said that during the fight, Hernandez pulled a knife and stabbed Gonzalez-Alejo several times then fled. Numerous witnesses identified Hernandez as the suspect. Hernendez fled to a nearby house. There, friends convinced Hernandez to turn himself in. The police were called and Hernandez was taken into custody without incident.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson
Telephone: (831) 758-7128

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