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Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/17/2016 1:16 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-090951

Date: Saturday, 9/17/2016

Time: 7:20 AM

Location: Parking Lot 1 Bridge St.

On September 17, 2016, at approximately 7:20 am, a reporting party called 911 to report finding a male slumped on the ground in the parking lot of 1 Bridge St. The caller did not know who the male was, or if they were just sleeping (which often occurs in this parking lot). When officers arrived, they found a 23-year-old Hispanic male deceased. The victim was found to be shot at least once but it is unknown how long the victim had been there. The victim was in between vehicles and could not be seen from the street.

During the initial investigation, detectives have learned of different people saying they heard 'fireworks” in the area during the night. The times referenced by those that heard anything vary from 2:30 am to 5:00 am this morning. No calls were received at Monterey County Communications (SPD dispatchers) regarding fireworks or gun shots during the evening or early morning hours.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting or may have seen the suspect fleeing the area, to contact Detective Dave Poulin at (831) 758-7270 or Detective Stephen Craig at (831) 758-7929.

The identity of the victim is being withheld until proper notifications can be made to the family. This is the 31st homicide in Salinas and the 7th in the Chinatown area this year.

The Salinas Police Department would also like to remind the community that we only want your information regarding any crime you have may knowledge. We are aware of the public's reluctance, especially in the Chinatown area, to come forward with information due to fear and will do everything possible to protect your identity. If you do not want to provide your personal information, you do not have to do so. 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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/17/2016 12:15 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-090927

Date: Saturday, 9/17/2016

Time: 4:05 PM

Location: Lake Street and Bridge Alley

On September 16, 2016, at approximately 4:05 pm, officers were dispatched to Lake St. and Bridge Alley on the report of a shooting victim. Officers found a 23-year-old black male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers provided initial medical aid until they were relieved by paramedics from Salinas Fire and American Medical Response Ambulance. the victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center (NMC) in critical condition with life-threatening injuries. A few hours later, medical personnel from NMC contacted Salinas Police and advised the victim had died from his injuries.

As with the other recent shootings that have occurred in the Chinatown area this year, there were very few witnesses that would come forward with information. The crime occurred during a time of day where several people are usually in the area, but the information about what occurred is scarce. The victim was standing in the area when he was approached by an unknown male. The suspect was described as an African-American male with a skinny build. He was wearing all black, with a black mask covering his face. After the shooting, the suspect may have fled southbound in Bridge Alley toward Market Way. 

The identity of the victim is being withheld until the family is able to make notifications to their other family members. The motive for this shooting is unknown at this time. This is the 30th homicide in Salinas this year.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting or may have seen the suspect fleeing the area, contact Detective Ken Hendrickson at (831) 758-7129 or Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913. 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".

Shooting Update--Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/17/2016 12:12 PM

Incident: Shooting Update--Homicide

Report #: 16-090221

Date: Saturday, 9/17/2016

Time: 12:09 PM

Location: 1300 Blk of Las Cruces Ct.

On September 5, 2016, the Salinas Police Department responded to a report of a shooting in the 1300 block of Las Cruces Ct. The victim of the shooting, 29 year-old Marcus Allen Jelks, was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. On Friday, September 16th, detectives were contacted by the Monterey County Coroner's Office who advised Jelks had died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the shooting.

The shooting took place in a driveway in the 1300 block of Las Cruces Ct. Jelks was sitting as a passenger in a vehicle when he was approached by a male suspect. For unknown reasons, the male pulled a firearm and fired multiple times at Jelks. The male fled to an awaiting vehicle which sped out of the area. The information gathered in the investigation revealed Jelks may have been in an altercation in the area of Lake St. and Bridge Alley earlier in the day. It is unknown if that altercation had anything to do with Jelks being shot later in the evening. This homicide is the 29th in the City of Salinas this year.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting or an altercation earlier in the day, to contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or at [email protected]; or Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7125. 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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Barricaded Subject

Release Date/Time: 9/15/2016 11:41 PM

Incident: 5150 Standoff

Report #: 16 09 0887

Date: Thursday, 9/15/2016

Time: 11:26 PM

Location: Steinbeck Library

Officers responded to a report of a man with a gun in his waistband at the Steinbeck Library. When officers arrived they were told there was a suspicious person in the bathroom who said he had been chased by a man with a gun. The officers determined the men were one in the same and tried to contact the man in the bathroom who was later identified as a 32-year-old male with possible mental health issues. The man would not come out of the bathroom and claimed to have a gun pointed at the door. He refused to come out because he did not believe the officers were police. Officers began talking to the man and tried multiple ways to convince him they were a police officers. Employees and patrons of the library were evacuated.

The Negotiation Team and representatives of Monterey County Behavioral Health responded. After approximately four and a half hours, the man surrendered, came out of the bathroom, and was peacefully taken into custody.

He did not have a weapon. While alone in the bathroom he damaged a fan, lights, and had burned toilet paper in and attempt to set off the sprinklers. He was taken to a local hospital and admitted on a psychological hold.  

Officers from CDCR and Monterey County Parole assisted with perimeter security.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary/ Vehicle Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 9/15/2016 10:16 PM

Incident: Burglary/ Vehicle Pursuit

Report #: 16-090862

Date: Thursday, 9/15/2016

Time: 11:57 AM

Location: 400 Block of Tyler St

A witness saw three suspects burglarizing an apartment on the 400 block of Tyler Street and then leave in white Mercedes. The suspects were seen taking a rifle safe from the apartment, throwing it over a fence and putting it in the get-a-way car prior to leaving. The caller provided a vehicle description and license plate and an officer spotted the car on Main Street at Bernal Drive. A pursuit ensued that ended at Tynan Village Apartments located at Front Street and Alisal Street. All three suspects fled on foot and a large search was conducted. Eventually, all three suspects were located and arrested. The safe was still in the car. The victim was contacted and the safe did contain firearms. Arrested were Desire Petty (18), Pahalad Kumar (28) and David Hardy (26). Kumar was the driver.

 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

664-187 PC (Shooting), 664-211 PC (Attempted Robbery)

Release Date/Time: 9/15/2016 2:03 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC (Shooting), 664-211 PC (Attempted Robbery)

Report #: 16-090826

Date: Wednesday, 9/14/2016

Time: 11:52 PM

Location: E. Laurel Dr & Noice Dr.

A 25 year old male walked into the NMC emergency room with a gunshot wound to his upper left arm. The wound was not life threatening. The victim was sitting in his car outside of a store near the intersection of E. Laurel Dr & Noice Dr when he was approached by a lone suspect who attempted to rob him at gunpoint. The victim said during the robbery he pulled away from the suspect and was shot as he moved. The suspect fled on foot and the victim drove to his North Salinas home. The victim was driven to the ER for treatment by a friend. The suspect was described as an Hispanic male adult between 25 and 30 years of age.  He was further describe as being 5'-8" to 5'-10" and was last seen wearing a gray sweater and black pants.

Anyone with information about this crime 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: Dana Cornelison, Sgt.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 9/7/2016 4:46 PM

Incident: Homicide Victim Identification

Report #: 16-090182

Date: Wednesday, 9/7/2016

Time: 4:43 PM

Location: 13 E. Lake St.

*****Correction of Prior Press Release***** The correct date for the homicide that occurred at 13 E. Lake St. was September 5th, not September 3rd as stated earlier. Thank you for those that caught the error and let us know.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 9/7/2016 4:28 PM

Incident: Homicide Victim Identification

Report #: 16-090221

Date: Wednesday, 9/7/2016

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 13 E. Lake St.

On September 3rd, a homicide occurred in the entryway of 13 E. Lake St. The victim of that homicide has been identified as 53-year-old Antonio Arredondo, a resident of Salinas. Arredondo's murder is the 28th homicide of 2016, in the City of Salinas.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone that may have heard or seen the shooting occur, please contact Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913 or Detective Dave Poulin at (831) 758-7270. 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 Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

AVOID the 20 DUI Summer Campaign

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2016 11:37 AM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI Summer Campaign

Report #: Several

Date: Tuesday, 9/6/2016

Time: 11:37 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID The 20 DUI Campaign Weekend – Final Report

This past Labor Day holiday period, the Avoid the 20 partnered with law enforcement statewide in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign. From August 19-September 5, local police, sheriff and CHP showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, arresting 145 offenders for the deadly crime. Last year during the same time period 136 drivers were arrested.

The Avoid the 20 ramped up its usual enforcement efforts, deploying 2 checkpoints and an additional 36 roving DUI saturation patrols. The Avoid the 20 said that by removing 145 drunk drivers from the roads, many lives were likely saved. 'For us, saving one life would make the campaign worthwhile,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department. 'We want everyone to know that these 20 law enforcement agencies and the great majority of our community do not tolerate drunk driving. Our officers were focusing on pulling over and arresting drivers who were under the influence. We wanted to get out the message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” he said.

Through TV, radio, and social media the high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed to increase awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. According to NHTSA, this aggressive approach has proven effective in the past for enforcing other types of traffic safety laws, such as seat belt usage. 'The key is to plan a safe ride home before you take the first sip,” said Sergeant Ross. 'If everyone planned ahead, lives would be saved.”

'There is never a safe time to drink and drive,” said Sergeant Ross. 'In partnership with NHTSA, we ask everyone to please consider the deadly consequences of their actions. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, every day of the year.”

From August 19 to September 5, you probably noticed the ‘Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force was out in full force, targeting one of the deadliest killers on the road: drunk driving. The enforcement was part of the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, to save lives and make our roads safer. DUI enforcement resulted in far too many drunk driving arrests and citations countywide over the past 18 days. Law enforcement officials will be conducting more anti-DUI efforts throughout the region again during Halloween before planning for the December Winter DUI Mobilization.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! anytime you encounter a dangerous impaired driver. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2016 2:27 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 16-090221

Date: Monday, 9/5/2016

Time: 9:10 PM

Location: 1300 Block of Las Cruces Ct.

On September 5, 2016, at approximately 9:10 PM, officers were dispatched to a report of shooting in the 1300 block of Las Cruces Ct. Before officers could arrive, a caller stated the victim of the shooting was being taken by personal vehicle to the hospital. Officers were flagged down on E. Romie Lane by the driver of the vehicle transporting the victim to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. The officers found a 29-year-old victim in the passenger seat suffering from at least one gunshot wound. An ambulance transported the victim to Natividad Medical Center, which was a more suitable hospital based on the victim's injuries. The victim is in very critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The shooting took place in a driveway in the 1300 block of Las Cruces Ct. The victim was sitting as a passenger in a vehicle when he was approached by a male suspect. For unknown reasons, the male pulled a firearm and fired multiple times at the victim. The male fled to an awaiting vehicle which sped out of the area. There was no further description of the vehicle or the suspect. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this point of the investigation.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7125. 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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

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