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Stabbing / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 12:37 AM

Incident: Stabbing / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 11 1495

Date: Monday, 11/28/2016

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: Ross Parking Lot 1520 N. Main St.

A stabbing occurred in the parking lot of Ross located on the 1500 block of N. Main Street. A 19-year-old male victim was stabbed multiple times in the upper body during a struggle with the suspect. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is described as HMA, 6', thin build, and dark clothing. The knife was recovered at the scene.

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

Gang Member with a Gun

Release Date/Time: 11/27/2016 9:59 PM

Incident: Gang Member with a Gun

Report #: 16 11 1488

Date: Sunday, 11/27/2016

Time: 8:09 PM

Location: Madeira/ Roosvelt

An officer made a stop on a vehicle with four aboard for a traffic violation in the area of N. Madeira and Roosevelt Street. The vehicle pulled into an apartment complex on Roosevelt and the right front passenger ran from the vehicle, tossed a .38 caliber revolver, and avoided capture. The driver, Heriberto Rodriguez (06/28/97), ran from the vehicle and was capture following a short foot pursuit. Rodriguez was in possession of a .45 semi-automatic handgun. There were two others in the backseat who fled before additional officers arrived. Rodriguez was booked in County Jail.

 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

Brandishing

Release Date/Time: 11/26/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: Brandishing

Report #: 16 11 1432

Date: Saturday, 11/26/2016

Time: 9:15 AM

Location: El Gabilan Library 1400 N. Main St.

An employee of the El Gabilan Library, showed up at work this morning. As she walked from her car to the library a homeless man standing with a group of transients made an inappropriate comment directed at her. The homeless man's girlfriend, Sarah Dean (38), became angry, directed a comment at the employee, and pulled a black semiautomatic handgun from her purse. Dean manipulated the weapon as if cocking or loading it and the woman ran back to her car and drove away from the library. Approximately 30 minutes later, the employee returned to the library and as she was trying to access the library doors she saw Dean run toward her. The employee made it inside and her coworkers called the police. Officers arrived and found Dean working on her car parked on Noice Drive and she was taken into custody at gunpoint. A search of her vehicle revealed a black Berretta styled replica BB gun in her purse. Dean was on probation and was booked into County Jail.

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

Update to fatal traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 11/21/2016 9:12 AM

Incident: Update to fatal traffic collision

Report #: 16-111143

Date: Monday, 11/21/2016

Time: 8:56 AM

Location: East Alisal Street near Front Street

On Sunday, November 20th, just after 3 AM, there was a double fatal traffic collision on East Alisal Street just east of Front Street. A 2016 Nissan 370Z had been traveling eastbound on East Alisal Street at a yet undetermined speed. The vehicle began fishtailing and struck the center median before sliding southbound across both lanes and striking the support pillar of the train bridge on the driver's side door.

The vehicle was occupied by the driver and right front passenger who were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver has been identified as 20-year-old Osvaldo Garcia and the passenger as 24-year-old Daniella Perez both of whom are residents of Salinas.

There is no indication at this time that alcohol was involved. These are the ninth and tenth traffic fatalities in Salinas this year.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Vehicle Collision

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2016 7:33 PM

Incident: Fatal Vehicle Collision

Report #: 16-111143

Date: Sunday, 11/20/2016

Time: 3:07 AM

Location: E. Alisal Street east of Front Street.

Police and Fire responded to an unknown injury collision under the railroad overpass at East Alisal Street east of Front Street. The occupants of the car, a 20-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, were pronounced deceased at the scene, the result of what investigators believe was a solo vehicle collision.

The car had been travelling eastbound on E. Alisal Street at an undetermined high rate of speed when it lost control. The vehicle struck the support pillar of the railroad overpass on the south side of the street.

The identification of the victims is being withheld at this time pending notification of family.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2016 1:53 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 16 11 1134

Date: Sunday, 11/20/2016

Time: 10:35 PM

Location: Smith St. / San Benito St.

A 23-year-old, and 22-year-old man were walking westbound on San Benito Street.  A man approached them and placed a gun to the back of one man's head and demanded his money and wallet. He then turned the gun on the other man. Both men turned over their wallets and the suspect fled eastbound on San Benito toward Smith Street. The suspect was described as a HMA, 20's, tall, thin build, wearing a white or cream colored shirt with a stripe on the front, blue jeans, and armed with a black handgun.

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

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2016 1:27 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 16 11 1133

Date: Sunday, 11/20/2016

Time: 10:22 PM

Location: 400 Block of E. Market Street

A 53-year-old man, and his 52-year-old wife were walking through the parking lot headed to a bar on the 400 block of East Market Street. A man approached them and robbed the man of his wallet at gunpoint. The suspect was described as a HMA, in his 20's, 5'-8”, thin build, short hair, wearing a white or cream colored shirt with stripes in the front. The suspect then ran toward the Shell gas station at Market and Kern Street. The suspect may have gotten into a black 4 door Cadillac.

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

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2016 11:08 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 16 11 1129

Date: Saturday, 11/19/2016

Time: 8:05 PM

Location: 600 Block of E. Market Street

An armed robbery occurred at a Restaurant located on the 600 block of E. Market Street. Three employees and five customers were present during the robbery. One suspect placed employees on the ground at gun point. The second suspect held five customers at gun point. The suspects were able to get an undisclosed amount from the register.  Both suspects fled the restaurant through back door toward Pearl and Roosevelt Street. The suspect who dealt with the employees was described as a HMA, early 20s, 5-8, thin build, wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, and armed with a black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect with the customers was described as a HMA 5-8, thin build, black jeans, black hoodie, with a California tee-shirt over the top of the hoodie. The suspect was armed with a silver over black semi-automatic handgun.

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

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2016 10:18 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 16 11 1125

Date: Saturday, 11/19/2016

Time: 6:09 PM

Location: 1200 Block of N. Main St.

A man entered a business on the 1200 block of N. Main Street armed with a large firearm and demanded the money from the register. The clerk handed over an undisclosed amount of cash, and the suspect ran out of the business. The suspect was described as an HMA, early 20s, thin build, wearing a black beanie, black pants, black hoodie, and something covering his face. The suspect was armed with a large gun. Security video showed a second darkly clad suspect waiting at the door. Both suspects fled westbound through the parking lot.

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

Double Homicide Identification Update

Release Date/Time: 11/18/2016 5:34 PM

Incident: Double Homicide Identification Update

Date: Friday, 11/18/2016

Time: 5:34 PM

Location: Essex Court

Release Authorized by:  Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations

Telephone: 831-758-7128

**Update**

The Monterey County Coroner completed the autopsies of the victims today.  The victims have been identified as 71-year-old Ricardo Escamilla and 65-year-old Amalia Bayardo Escamilla.  The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. 

 

 

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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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