Press Releases

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/10/2016 10:22 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 07 0515

Date: Monday, 7/11/2016

Time: 1:09 AM

Location: 500 Block of Sunrise St.

A 28-year-old man was shot while standing in front of his home on the 500 block of Sunrise Street. The suspect fired multiple rounds and struck the man once in the abdomen. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds.  A grey pickup truck, possibly a Toyota Tacoma, was seen driving out of the area.

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

Vehicle vs. Bicyclist Injury Collision

Release Date/Time: 7/10/2016 8:12 PM

Incident: Vehicle vs. Bicyclist Injury Collision

Report #: 16-070505

Date: Sunday, 7/10/2016

Time: 4:15 PM

Location: Las Casitas Dr. & Ranchero Dr.

A Honda Accord driven by a 21 year old female was traveling at approximately 20-25 mph east on Las Casitas Dr. approaching the intersection of Ranchero Dr. Suddenly, a northbound 15 year old male bicyclist attempted to cross Las Casitas from Ranchero Dr. and was broadsided by the Honda. The bicyclist, who was not wearing a bicycle helmet, rolled up onto the front hood of the Honda and his head struck the windshield. The teenaged bicyclist suffered head injuries and was transported to Natividad Medical Center. The driver of the Honda remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation which is on going.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant John Lynn

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession Of Methamphetamine For Sale, False Documents 114 PC

Release Date/Time: 7/9/2016 4:23 PM

Incident: Possession Of Methamphetamine For Sale, False Documents 114 PC

Report #: 16-070437

Date: Saturday, 7/9/2016

Time: 12:50 AM

Location: 1100 Block of Parkside Street

Directed enforcement officers went to the 1100 block of  Parkside Street to attempt contact with Jose Perez (33).  A Salinas Police officer had arrested Perez in May of 2016 for possession of methamphetamine for sales. Perez failed to appear for his court date and had an arrest warrant was in the system. Officers found Perez at the apartment complex and was taken into custody without incident. Approximately 1 oz. of methamphetamine, new identification with a false name and $850.00 was located inside of his vehicle. Perez was lodged at MCSO.

Release Authorized by: George Lauricella

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/8/2016 11:08 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16 07 0422

Date: Friday, 7/8/2016

Time: 20:23 PM

Location: 200 Block of Soledad St

Officers responded to shots fired on the 200 block of Soledad Street and located a 23-year-old victim. The male had been shot one time in the buttocks and was laying in an apartment complex carport. The victim could not provide any information on what occurred. Officers located multiple expended bullet casings in the street. A Burgundy Honda was seen speeding away from the area.

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: 7/4/2016 1:04 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 06 0144

Date: Monday, 7/4/2016

Time: 10:53 PM

Location: Bridge Street/ E. Lake Street

An officer observed a vehicle pulling out onto E. Rossi Street from Chinatown and watch the vehicle overshoot and strike the curb. The officer stopped the vehicle and discovered the 24-year-old male driver was the victim of a shooting that occurred in the area of Bridge St. and E. Lake Street in Chinatown. The victim suffered one non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to a local hospital.

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: 7/2/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: Attempted murder shooting

Report #: 16-070079

Date: Saturday, 7/2/2016

Time: 11:58 AM

Location: 800 Blk Capistrano

Officer responded to the report of a shooting victim in the 800 block of Capistrano Dr. When they arrived, officers learned the victim had already left the scene. A short time later, the 16-year-old male victim arrived at a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the head. The investigation led officers to believe the shooting stemmed from a disturbance at a nearby residence on the 100 block of W. Acacia St.

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". For media inquiries, please contact Commander Stan Cooper at (831) 758-7350.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Prostitution Sting

Officers conducted a prostitution sting in the area of E. Market Street and Kern Street. Two officers went undercover while enforcement officers were directed to conduct enforcement stops and arrest the subjects. Augustine Santos (35), Patricia Gaurigue (55), Sharon Campbell (21) and Wenona Lee (41) were arrested during the operation. Two of the suspects arrested were in possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects had an arrest warrant for possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. One was lodged at MCSO for the warrant and the others were cited and released.

Armed Robbery Arrests

Release Date/Time: 6/30/2016 2:40 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery Arrests

Date: Thursday, 6/30/2016

Time: 2:38 PM

Location:

On June 29, 2016, the Seaside Police investigated an armed robbery that had occurred at the Econo Lodge in their city. After ROPE was activated, Marina officers found the vehicle on Imjin Parkway and, with the assistance of the CSUMB Police, conducted a traffic stop. They eventually took Enrique Quinonez, 24, of Salinas and Anthony Sanchez-Contreras, 31, of Prunedale into custody for the robbery.

Knowing the City of Salinas had experienced a recent rash of armed robberies, Detectives with the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team contacted Salinas Police Detectives. Based on the information gathered during the investigation, it was determined Quinonez and Sanchez-Contreras committed a series of robberies in Salinas over the last week. The duo will be charged with the following robberies:

June 25th:

Armed Robbery--11:32 pm—The Express Mart, 836 N. Main St.

Attempted Armed Robbery--12:50 am—The Quik Stop, 339 Williams Rd.

June 26th:

Armed Robbery—10:31 pm—the Shop & Save, 2143 N. Main St.

Armed Robbery—10:46 pm—The Quik Stop, 339 Williams Rd.

Armed Robbery—10:51 pm—The Cork n Bottle, 1298 N. Main St.

The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is still gathering evidence and more charges could be forthcoming.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

4th of July DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 6/29/2016 2:59 PM

Incident: 4th of July DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 6/29/2016

Time: 2:58 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

This Fourth of July, There's No Excuse— 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” by the Avoid the 20 Monterey and San Benito Counties' DUI Task Force

Every year Americans head out on our nation's highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. For many, the celebration frequently includes drinking alcohol, which, unfortunately, too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year. From 2010-2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. There were 397 people killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday. Of those fatalities, 41 percent were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California during the holiday, an average of 6 people are killed and 110 are seriously injured each year.

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.

• Several DUI Saturation patrols will deploy on Friday and Saturday in different cities throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties.

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

'If you're thinking about drinking and driving this Fourth of July; Dont do it! Every police agency in both counties will be out looking for you,” said Traffic Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving – no excuses.” The consequences of drunk driving are that serious. Not only are impaired drivers putting their lives and the lives of others at risk, but a DUI arrest means a loss of freedom and money that can include going to jail, losing a driver license, and paying steep financial costs of $10,000 or more.

The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving.

• 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 available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The DDVIP app allows 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 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

Release Date/Time: 6/25/2016 12:25 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 06 1251

Date: Friday, 6/24/2016

Time: 11:30 PM

Location: 500 block of Inca Way

A 21-year-old male was shot at as he walked toward his home on the 500 block of Inca Way.  A gold Honda sedan pulled up across the street and at least one male climbed out of the back seat and fired at the victim striking his home multiple times. One round penetrated the house where his family members were located. The suspect vehicle fled the area in an unknown direction.

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

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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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