Press Releases

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/3/2014 10:18 AM

Incident: Robbery

Date: Saturday, 8/9/2014

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Wal Mart- 1375 N. Davis Road

Second request for asistance in identifying a robbery suspect.  this release was originally published on August 12, 2014.  

The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a robbery suspect pictured below.  The suspect entered the Walmart store on N. Davis Road and concealed merchandise.  He exited the store making no effort to pay for the concealed items.  Once outside a loss prevention officer attempted to detain the suspect. The suspect assaulted the loss prevention officer and fled on foot to a waiting vehicle.  The suspect made good his escape in the vehicle.  The loss prevention officer was not injured during the assault. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult in his 20's, 5'8", 170 lbs., black hair and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, red t-shirt and a black ball cap with a "P" on the front.  The vehicle was a red Suzuki four door.  Anyone with information on the suspect's identity is asked to contact Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127 or at gabrielg@ci.salinas.ca.us.

Release Authorized by: Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271

Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 11/2/2014 12:57 AM

Incident: Stabbing

Report #: 14-110033

Date: Saturday, 11/1/2014

Time: 9:46 PM

Location: 700 Block Elkington

Officers were at the Natividad Medical Center on an unrelated investigation when they heard screams for help in the parking lot. Family members brought in the 18-year-old victim with a stab wound to the chest. The investigation led offiers to a party on the 700 block of Elkington Ave with over 100 people in attendance. It appears someone attempted to conceal evidence on scene prior to police arrival. The partygoers were not cooperative and no witnesses were located. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Assult with Deadly Weapon--Spousal abuse--Drug Influence

On 10-31-14 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Salinas Police Officers responded to 416 N. Madeira Ave regarding a domestic disturbance at the residence.  According to the reporting party, a male resident was reported to be assaulting his spouse with a knife and a screwdriver and it was believed that he was going to kill her.  According to the reporting parties after being attacked by the Hispanic male, they had to evacuate the premises in fear for their safety and to call for help. It was also reported that the male at the residence had a history of cocaine abuse and the male was currently under the influence.   

Officers arrived within minutes after receiving the initial emergency call.  When the first Officers arrived on scene they contacted Jaime Garcia (35), who immediately became combative with responding officers.  During a struggle with Garcia one officer used his Taser on Garcia who continued to resist and not comply.  During the struggle with Officers it became readily apparent that Garcia was going into medical distress.  Paramedics, who were staged nearby, were immediately summoned to the scene where Garcia was quickly transported to a local hospital with CPR in progress. Efforts by paramedics to revive Garcia were not successful and he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.   A scheduled autopsy should determine exact cause of death. 

The five responding Officers who were involved in trying to subdue Garcia were put on routine administrative leave during the initial stages of the investigation.  Two officer sustained minor injuries during the struggle.

 

Gang Members Poss. Firearms

Release Date/Time: 10/31/2014 12:02 AM

Incident: Gang Members Poss. Firearms

Report #: 14-101605 / 1607 / 1621

Date: Thursday, 10/30/2014

Time: 4:15 PM

Location: 410 E. Alvin

Officers with the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations at Los Coches & Klamath.  During the traffic stop, officers observed a loaded firearm in the glove box.  Gang members Carlos Velasquez (18) and Diego Damien (18) were both arrested and lodged in county jail for numerous firearm and gang charges.

Several hours later, members of the Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant at 410 E. Alvin Dr.  Inside the residence 2 additional handguns were located.  One was reported stolen and the other had obliterated serial numbers.  A dormant honey oil lab was also found in the same bedroom as the firearms.  Gang member Abraham Renteria (18) was lodged in county jail for numerous firearm, gang and drug manufacturing charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery / Shooting

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2014 12:12 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery / Shooting

Date: Wednesday, 10/29/2014

Time: 8:26 PM

Location: 1222 Del Monte Ave/ el Michiocan Market

The Clerk and an elderly male employee were working the cash register at La Michoacana Market, and had just finished watching the end of the World Series, when two males wearing masks ran in while brandishing firearms. . Fearful of the recent Hot Stop market robbery/homicide, the clerk retrieved a handgun and fired, which scared the would-be robbers away.  As he went outside to see if he could determine a get away vehicle or direction the robbers fled, one of them turned towards him and pointed a gun in his direction. Again, being fearful for his life, the clerk again fired upon the robbers who fled down Towt St .  It is unknown if either were struck as a result.  At the conclusion of the initial investigation, the clerk was released without charges.  Upon  completion of the full investigation, it will be decided whether to submit the case to the DA's office for review. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Posession of a firearm/obliterated serial numbers

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2014 12:04 AM

Incident: Possession of a loaded firearm with obliterated serial number

Date: Wednesday, 10/29/2014

Time: 10:57 PM

Location: Dubber's Bar, 172 Main St

Officers were dispatched to Dubber's Bar on a report of a possible man with a  gun.  Looking through the indows from outside, based on description, officers could see Estevan Gonzalez (24) seated with another subject near the bar, and what looked like the outline of a gun in his pant pocket.  Officers entered and escorted Gonzalez outside at which time he admitted to having a gun on him.  A search revealed a loaded firearm with obliterated serial numbers.  Gonzales was later transported and booked into MoCo Jail.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 10/29/2014 1:06 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Date: Tuesday, 10/28/2014

Time: 7:20 PM

Location: 1500 Block Cherokee Dr

Salinas Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Cherokee. Shortly thereafter, the call was upgraded to be a shooting with one confirmed victim inside a nearby residence. Officers arrived to find a 23year old male down in the living room of the residence suffering from several gunshot wounds. Investigation revealed the victim was sitting in a nearby parked car when an unknown subject dressed in dark clothing approached and began firring into the car.  After being struck, the victim ran to a nearby home seeking aid.  The victim underwent surgery and is said to be stable.  It is unknown at this time if the incident is gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

possession of handgun, meth, meth pipe,

Release Date/Time: 10/28/2014 11:52 AM

Incident: possession of handgun, meth, meth pipe,

Date: Tuesday, 10/28/2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Location: 400 blk of Williams Rd

An anonymous person called 911 on a subject seen throwing hand signs and yelling at others as they drove by, seemingly challenging others to fight.  They continued to watch the subject walk south on Williams Rd while staying in contact with police dispatchers and providing updates.  A Salinas Police Officer was waiting for a tow truck on an unrelated call near Alma and Williams, spotted him and guided other officers in to make contact.  Christian Torres 18 was contacted and when asked if he had anything on him, Torres dropped to his knees and placed his hands behind his back. stating he had a gun in his jacket. The gun was located along with a small amount of methamphetamine and a meth pipe. Torres was arrested and booked into MoCo Jail for gun and drug charges. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 Traffic/DUI Grant

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2014 11:58 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Traffic/DUI Grant

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 10/27/2014

Time: 10:54 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR COUNTY-WIDE DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways, with 802 DUI deaths and nearly 24,000 Alcohol Involved Injuries reported statewide. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Salinas Police Department will be administering a recent $200,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the entire county. 'This is the 15th straight year we have received this grant,” said Traffic Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'There is no doubt this grant has saved many lives and prevented hundreds of serious injuries. We plan on continuing to intensify DUI enforcement efforts until the number of deaths is zero.”

The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don't drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 20 participating law enforcement agencies in the two counties. The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across both counties will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst' repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to drive by a judge. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems. Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 20' taskforce include: The Salinas Police Department, The Monterey County Sheriff's Office, The San Benito County Sheriff's Office, The Hollister Police Department, The Monterey Police Department, The Marina Police Department, The Seaside Police Department, The Carmel Police Department, The Pacific Grove Police Department, The Sand City Police Department, The Del Rey Oaks Police Department, The Monterey Airport Police, The Cal State University of Monterey Bay Police, The Presidio of Monterey Police, The Gonzales Police Department, The Soledad Police Department, The Greenfield Police Department, The King City Police Department, The Monterey Office of the California Highway Patrol, and The King City Office of the California Highway Patrol

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Retirement of Officer Chris Swinscoe

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2014 11:49 AM

Incident: Retirement of Officer Chris Swinscoe

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 10/27/2014

Time: 10:46 AM

Location: 200 Lincoln Ave

After 30 years of law enforcement service, Officer Chris Swinscoe is retiring from the Salinas Police Department. A final briefing ceremony in the Salinas City Rotunda is cheduled for Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 am. The media and public are invited to attend.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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