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Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:04 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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:02 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) 758-7250

Homicide

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".

Homicide

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".

Mail/Package Theft

On March 26, 2016, between 4:30 and 6:00 pm, the photographed female walked up on the porch of a home and stole a package left for the homeowner. The Salinas Police Department is asking the public to help identify the thief. If you recognize her, please contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or at his email address of [email protected]. . 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".

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Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/5/2016 4:55 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-040218

Date: Monday, 4/4/2016

Time: 9:38 PM

Location: F/O 850 Garner Ave.

On April 4, 2016, at approximately 9:40 pm, several people called 911 reporting a shooting, with a victim down, in the 800 blk of Garner Ave. When officers arrived they found 16-year-old Jose Luis Valdez, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Medical attention was provided by bystanders and officers until medical personnel arrived. Valdez was taken by ambulance to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The apartment complex located at 850 Garner Ave. was struck several times by gunfire. One of the rounds went through an exterior wall into an occupied apartment. One of the bullets traveled into the apartment, through a couch, a pillow and struck a 12-year-old boy in the hand. The bullet caused a minor wound that was treated by medical personnel at the scene. His wound did not necessitate any further medical attention.

Another bullet struck a water main for the apartment complex causing one apartment to flood, resulting in minor damage. At least one other apartment was struck with the bullets traveling into the interior causing minor damage.

The initial investigation found that Valdez had recently left a residence nearby and was walking to meet a friend or two. For unknown reasons, Valdez was confronted by at least two persons with handguns. They fired several rounds, striking the apartments and killing Valdez as he tried to run to safety from the suspects. It is not known if the suspects fled on foot or in a vehicle.

This homicide is the 9th homicide this year and is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7132 or Detective Gibson at (831) 758-7442. 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: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Robbery and Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 4/5/2016 3:07 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery and Stabbing

Report #: 16-040222

Date: Tuesday, 4/5/2016

Time: 12:02 AM

Location: Casentini St. and Rico St.

A 23-year-old Salinas man was walking near Rico St. and Casentini St. when he was approached from behind by a male with a knife. The male walked up behind the victim and stabbed him in the back. The suspect demanded money from the victim. The victim punched the male suspect in the face knocking him to the ground. After a brief struggle, the suspect ran away on Rico St. toward Rossi St. The suspect has not yet been identified. The investigation is continuing. The victim suffered a minor stab wound and a cut on his hand.

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: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

On April 4, 2016, at approximately 9:40 pm, several people called 911 reporting a shooting, with a victim down, in the 800 blk of Garner Ave. When officers arrived they found 16-year-old Jose Luis Valdez, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Medical attention was provided by bystanders and officers until medical personnel arrived. Valdez was taken by ambulance to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The apartment complex located at 850 Garner Ave. was struck several times by gunfire. One of the rounds went through an exterior wall into an occupied apartment. One of the bullets traveled into the apartment, through a couch, a pillow and struck a 12-year-old boy in the hand. The bullet caused a minor wound that was treated by medical personnel at the scene. His wound did not necessitate any further medical attention.

Another bullet struck a water main for the apartment complex causing one apartment to flood, resulting in minor damage. At least one other apartment was struck with the bullets traveling into the interior causing minor damage.

The initial investigation found that Valdez had recently left a residence nearby and was walking to meet a friend or two. For unknown reasons, Valdez was confronted by at least two persons with handguns. They fired several rounds, striking the apartments and killing Valdez as he tried to run to safety from the suspects. It is not known if the suspects fled on foot or in a vehicle.

This homicide is the 9th homicide this year and is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7132 or Detective Gibson at (831) 758-7442. 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".

Doorstep Package Delivery Theft.

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2016 10:42 PM

Incident: Doorstep Package Delivery Theft.

Report #: 16 04 0094/ 16 04 0057

Date: Saturday, 4/2/2016

Time: 4:13 PM

Location: 600 Block of W. Acacia / Cedros Street/ John St.

Social media and community involvement help in the capture of two suspected thieves.

On 04/01/16, a package was stolen from the front doorstep of a residence located on the 600 block of W. Acacia Street. The homeowner provided officers with some good photographs from surveillance video of the suspect female and her vehicle. The images were placed on the SPD social media with a request for help in identifying the suspect. Within an hour Jennifer Padgett (38), was identified by an AKA by at least two people as the suspect in the photo. While this was going on, an officer observed a truck matching the suspect vehicle description at a gas station on John Street. Padgett was contacted in the vehicle along with parolee Billy Davis (27). A search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of methamphetamine, heroin, drug paraphernalia, and property from the Acacia Street theft. Padgett was wearing the same clothes as seen on the surveillance photos, and was clearly the person pictured. While the stop was in progress, a victim and witness from another theft that occurred on Cedros Avenue on Easter, stopped and identified Padgett as the suspect in their case. Another victim from the Cedros Avenue case, who was traveling out of the area, saw the post on social media and also called to identify Padgett as the suspect. Officer Richardson investigated the case and said, 'I was amazed at how fast people responded. Their willingness to be involved was a great help.”

Padgett and Davis were booked in County Jail for theft, possession of stolen property, conspiracy, and drug charges.

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/ Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2016 12:28 AM

Incident: Shooting/ Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 04 0059

Date: Friday, 4/1/2016

Time: 9:29 PM

Location: Partridge Way / Partridge Cir.

A shooting occurred in the area of Partridge Way and Partridge Circle. Four men were shot at while driving in a vehicle by two men on foot. The vehicle the victims were riding in was struck along with a parked vehicle and a nearby home – no one was injured. The suspects were described as Hispanic male adults, approximately 18 years old, one was wearing a gray hoodie, and shorts. The second suspect was described as approximately 18 years old, with a shaved head, wearing a dark shirt, and black shorts.

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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