Press Releases

SCAM ALERT: Auto Detailer Scam

Salinas PD has received reports of scams involving suspects claiming to be automobile detailers. In one case, the victim had his car washed at a legitimate South Salinas business. Two Hispanic male adult suspects followed the victim to his home and told the victim that a chrome trim piece had been knocked off his car during the wash. The suspects offered to fix the car and detail the exterior for a fee of $1000. The suspects replaced a trim piece, applied a coat of wax and told the victim the wax needed to sit overnight. They asked to be paid up front and said they would return the following day to finish the job. The suspects followed the victim to his bank and received the money but did not return to finish the work.

In the second incident, the victim was approached by three men in the Safeway parking lot on N. Main St. They claimed they could 'airbrush” the victim's car to make it look 'brand new”. Their fee was $1500. The men got into a black Dodge pick-up occupied by a woman and small infant. They followed the victim to his bank, obtained the money, and followed the victim back to his home. They applied a coat of wax, said it needed to sit overnight and then never returned to finish the job. The phone number they provided to the victim was invalid.

In both cases, the victims were elderly and it seems the suspects are preying on these vulnerable, elderly citizens. Police are also concerned that these suspects know where the victims live and bank.

Salinas Police are asking for anyone with information on these or similar crimes to call the Watch Commander at 831-758-7250 or the anonymous crime tip line.

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2014 4:20 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 8/15/2014

Time: 4:43 PM

Location: Under 100 Block Menke

Two males wearing dark clothing entered the business armed with handguns and ordered two employees and a customer to the ground.  When they didnt react quick enough, two of the victims were struck with the firearms.  The suspects robbed the men of thier wallets and cell phones before fleeing n/b on Menke.  A green mid-size sedan and a white compact (similar to a Honda) were seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed, but it is unknown if either was related to the robbery. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2014 4:16 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 8/15/2014

Time: 11:52 PM

Location: 608 E Laurel

A male wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt entered the store simulating a weapon and demanding cash. Although there were were several customers in the store at the time, no one could provide further information.  After grabbing an undisclosed ammount of money from the register, the suspect fled s/b Natividad Rd.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2014 2:16 AM

Incident: Homicide/Shooting

Date:Friday, 8/15/2014

Time: 10:07 PM

Location: 2438 North Main St.

At approximately 10:07 PM Officers responded to the apartment complex located at 2438 North Main Street regarding a report of a victim of a shooting.  Officers arrived on scene finding a Hispanic male (39) deceased as a result of gunshot wounds.  Investigation revealed that while the male victim was walking through the parking lot of the apartment complex he was accosted by an unknown gunman.  There is no suspect information at this time however the victim is a known gang member and this shooting could possibly be gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are urged to contact Detective Kim Robinson at 831-758-7132 or Detective Arlene Currier at 831-758-7125.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7226

Homicide/Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2014 2:01 AM

Incident: Homicide/Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 8/15/2014

Time: 9:40 PM

Location: 11 Williams Road

At approximately 9:40 PM Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Hot Stop convenience store located at 11 Williams Rd.  Officers arrived on scene to find three shooting victims inside the store and who were employees of the business.  Two of the three employee victims were shot multiple times during the robbery resulting in one death and the other critically injured.   The third shooting victim was shot once with minor injuries.  Investigation revealed that two armed gunmen who were wearing masks entered the store with the intent of taking money from the cash register.  When the registers could not be opened one of the two suspects started to shoot at the employees.  Both suspects appear to be male and were last seen running from the store on Williams Rd. after the robbery/shooting.  This case is being actively investigating by Salinas Police Detectives. 

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are urged to contact Detective Ken Schwener at 831-758-7276 or Detective Gerry Magana at 831-758-7129.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7226

Man with a gun, shot fired

Release Date/Time: 8/15/2014 12:43 PM

Incident: Man with a gun, shot fired

Report #: 14-080690

Date: Thursday, 8/14/2014

Time: 9:15 PM

Location: Mescal Ct / Saguro Dr

Officers were dispatched to a man with a gun call after a citizen saw a white male adult holding a rifle or shotgun in the area. He was said to be alone and not engaged in any type of disturbancve. Two Salinas Police detectives arrived and walked to the corner of Buckhorn Dr. and Chamise Dr. when they heard a male voice yell, "freeze!". The two detectives took cover and gained access to a home in order to scan the area from the second floor but nothing was seen. About 20 minutes later, an officer heard a shotgun blast nearby but nothing was seen. Eventually, a backpack containing live shotgun rounds and an empty rifle case was located at the corner of Buckhorn Dr. and Saguaro Dr. Officers worked in teams of 4 to conduct yard-to-yard searches and a CHP helicopter responded from San Luis Obispo to assist. Overall, units were on scene for 2 1/2 hours but the suspect was never located. The suspect was described as a white male adult, 20-30 years of age, short dark hair, medium build and medium height wearing a white t-shirt and blue or black pants.

Salinas Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the Watch Commander at 758-7250 or provide information anonymously using the crime tip line.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang member - Poss. drug for sales

Release Date/Time: 8/14/2014 4:32 PM

Incident: Gang member - Possession of drug for sales / firearms

Report #: 14-080653

Date: Thursday, 8/14/2014

Time: 10:02 AM

Location: 100 block of Clay St.

Members of Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a parole search on the residence of Gonzalo Ruiz in the 100 block of Clay St.  Gonzalo Ruiz is an active gang member and is on parole.  Officers located 4 guns, gang indicia and a large amount of methamphetamine.  2 of the guns were reported stolen.  Ruiz was lodged in the county jail for violation of parole, possession of methamphetamine for sale, felon in possession of firearms and gang enhancements.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery Suspect

Release Date/Time: 8/12/2014 2:06 PM
Incident: Robbery
Date: Saturday, 8/9/2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Location:  Walmart  1375 N. Davis Road

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 waitng vehilce.  The suspect made good his escape in the vehilce.  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 ballcap 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.  

Wal-Mart Suspect

Salinas Wal-Mart Suspect

Release Authorized by:  Crd. Dave Shaw
Telephone:  831-758-7271

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/10/2014 2:49 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-080415

Date: Saturday, 8/9/2014

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: Fairview Ave / Sharon Dr

On Saturday August 9th at approximately 9:03 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting near the intersection Fairview Ave and Sharon Dr. On arrival they found two victims, ages 26 and 22 both suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. One of the victims died at the scene, and the second was transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. A single male suspect was described as wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. The identity of both victims is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. At this point it is unknown if this incident is gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective David Poulin at 831-758-7270 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-758-7276.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2014 9:21 PM

Incident: Attempted Robbery

Date: Thursday, 8/7/2014

Time: 12:49 AM

Location: 1305 N Main 7-11

Adrian Chacon (28) entered the 7-11 and brandished a large knife at the clerk, telling him it was a robbery and call the police. The clerk did as instruced and Chacon remained in the store at the counter holding the knife.  Once he saw that units arrived, he dropped the knife and awaited instructions. He came out and complied with officers, being taken into custody without incident. A 8" kitchen knife was found  just inside the doors. Chacon was lodged into County Jail for attempted robbery.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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