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Homicide Update

Release Date/Time: 5/12/2016 10:05 AM

Incident: Homicide Update

Report #: 16-050413

Date: Thursday, 5/12/2016

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: 300 blk of Block Ave.

On May 8th, there was a shooting that occurred in the 300 block of Block Ave. During that shooting, one male had been shot and, ultimately, killed. The victim has been identified as Mario Puga, age 21, of Salinas.

The Salinas Police Investigations Bureau is asking for anyone who might have any information regarding the shooting to contact Detective Gabe Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or you can also contact the Investigations Bureau's main telephone number at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Double Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/12/2016 5:55 AM

Incident: Double Homicide

Report #: 16-050416

Date: Wednesday, 5/11/2016

Time: 11:30 PM

Location: 800 Block of La Cuesta Ct.

On May 11, 2016, at approximately 11:30 pm, Salinas Police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of La Cuesta Ct. on the report of a shooting. While officers were enroute to the shooting, the call was upgraded to a shooting with two victims injured. When officers arrived they found two males suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical personnel pronounced the two men deceased at the scene.

Victim one was a 41-year-old male from Salinas. Victim two was a 32-year-old, also from Salinas. Their names are being withheld until the next of kin can be notified.

At this time, the investigation is in the beginning stages and not many things are known about what occurred. Neither victim appear to be associated with any gangs. While several people heard the shots fired, but there are few witnesses to the shooting. It is not known if the victims actually knew each other or why they were in the area. It is too early in the investigation to categorize these homicides as gang related. These two victims are the 14th and 15th homicides in the City of Salinas this year. If you have any information regarding this shooting, please contact Detective Cameron Murphy at (831) 758-7322 or the Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 5/9/2016 3:41 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 16-050260

Date: Monday, 5/9/2016

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: near 725 East Romie Lane

On May 5th at about 6:10pm, Consuelo Uribe, 72, was the right/front passenger in a green Ford Escort that was westbound on East Romie Lane. As the Escort was passing 725 East Romie Lane, a vehicle being driven by a 74-year-old woman, pulled out of the driveway of the apartment complex directly into the path of the Escort. The driver of the Escort hit the brakes and swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid the collision. Unfortunately, the Escort struck an eastbound BMW head on.

Four people were injured in the collision and 3 were sent to the hospital. Uribe was transported to Natividad Medical Center where she had been in critical condition. The Monterey County Coroner's Office called today to advise that she died from the injuries suffered in the collision. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

This is the sixth automobile fatality of the year in Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Business Burglary Arrest

Release Date/Time: 5/9/2016 7:15 AM

Incident: Business Burglary Arrest

Report #: 16-050416

Date: Monday, 5/9/2016

Time: 2:19 AM

Location: 201 Main St. (Giorgio's Restaurant)

Officers responded to a burglar alarm at Giorgio's Restaurant. Officer's arrived to find the gate to the Ticino's coffee shop open and a bmx bike propped against the wall at the staircase leading to the upstairs portion of the business. At the top of the stairs they located an open door. Police K9 "Donar" was just about to be released into the building to conduct a building search when a suspect called out to officers. Ethan Benoit, 26, was found inside the business and was arrested. The remainder of the building was searched and no other suspects were located. It appeared that Benoit was trying to steal the businesses computer. He was booked.

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/9/2016 4:02 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-040413

Date: Sunday, 5/8/2016

Time: 10:45 PM

Location: 300 blk of Block Ave.

On May 8, 2016, at approximately 10:45 pm, several people called 911 and reported hearing about 20 shots in the area of the 300 blk of Block Ave. At the time, it was unknown if someone had been hit. While officers were enroute to the area, the call was upgraded to a victim of a shooting. When officers arrived they found a 21-year-old male suffering from multiple wounds to his torso. Officers provided CPR until medical personnel arrived and pronounced the victim deceased.

The victim was working on a vehicle when an unknown gunman approached and fired several times at the victim. It is unknown if anything was said prior to the shooting.  The suspect was described as a HMA wearing a light colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. After the shooting, the suspect may have fled in a dark colored mid-sized SUV. It was last seen westbound on Block Ave. toward Kip Dr.

This shooting is being investigated as gang related. This is the 13th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.

The Salinas Police Investigations Bureau is asking for anyone who might have any information regarding the shooting to contact Detective G. Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or the Investigations Bureau's main telephone number at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/9/2016 3:15 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 16-040411

Date: Sunday, 5/8/2016

Time: 7:49 PM

Location: 1000 Blk Atlantic St.

On May 8, 2016, at approximately 7:50 pm, Salinas Police officers responded to two people shot near the entrance gate of 1054 Atlantic St. Upon arrival officers found 22-year-old Cesar Ortiz Hernandez and a 42-year-old male, each suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Hernandez had been shot several times in the torso and was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival. The other victim was suffering from several gunshot wounds to his lower body. He was also transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.

It appears Hernandez and the 42-year-old male had been talking in front of the apartment complex when they were approached by a single gunman on foot. The suspect was walking northbound on Atlantic and as he passed by the victims, he turned, pulled a handgun and began shooting. Nothing was said prior to the shooting. The gunman ran northbound on Atlantic toward Del Monte. He was described as a HM, 17-18 years old, dressed in dark clothing. This shooting is being investigated as gang related. This is the 12th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.

The Salinas Police Investigations Bureau is asking for anyone who might have any information regarding the shooting to contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or by email at [email protected]. You can also contact the Investigations Bureau's main telephone number at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Armed Robbery - Firearm / Hatchet

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2016 4:26 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Firearm / Hatchet

Report #: 16-050336

Date: Friday, 5/6/2016

Time: 10:50 PM

Location: 1341 N. Main St (Pizza Hut)

The assistant manager for Pizza Hut at 1341 N. Main St. and two other employees were cleaning and doing food prep work when a lone suspect came to the counter. He produced a silver handgun and silver hatchet from behind his back and pointed them at employees. He demanded the money in the register and took an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing the business southbound on N. Main St. Salinas Police Department K9 "Ari" was able to track the suspect's scent from the restaurant to the area of W. Curtis St. where it unfortunately disappeared.

The suspect is a Hispanic male in his early to mid 20's. He is 5-8 to 5-10 with a thin build and clean shaven. He was last seen wearing a dark blue hoodie and blue jeans. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle versus pedestrian collision fatal

Release Date/Time: 5/5/2016 1:55 PM

Incident: Vehicle versus pedestrian collision fatal

Report #: 16-041101

Date: Thursday, 4/21/2016

Time: 10:09pm

Location: 58 Natividad Rd

On April 21, 2016, a 26-year-old male was driving with his fiancée southbound on Natividad Rd. approaching Sorentini Street. John Phillips(63) who resides at 58 Natividad Rd was walking in the southbound lanes of Natividad. The driver never saw Phillips and struck him almost directly in the center of the hood of his vehicle. The impact threw Phillips onto the windshield and almost into the vehicle's interior. Phillips was thrown to the pavement and suffered major head and internal injuries. He was taken to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit in critical condition. 

The driver remained at the scene. He has a valid California Driver's License, is insured, and was not intoxicated. He submitted voluntarily to Field Sobriety Tests and a blood draw. Witnesses put the driver's speed under the posted 45 MPH limit. Phillips suffered from a mental disorder and has a history of walking in the road in front of his apartment complex. This is the second time Phillips has been struck by a car in the same location. In December 2012 he was the victim of a felony hit and run in front of 58 Natividad.

From the time of the collision Phillips had been in critical condition at NMC. On May 2nd Phillips died from the injuries he suffered during the collision. This was the fifth fatal traffic collision in Salinas this year and the third pedestian to be killed in a traffic collision.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/4/2016 2:41 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 16-050160

Date: Tuesday, 5/3/2016

Time: 9:00 PM

Location: Acosta St. and Machado Way

On May 3, 2016, at approximately 9:00 pm, officers were called to the area of Acosta St. and Machado Way on the report of a shooting victim. When officers arrived they found two victims suffering multiple gunshot wounds. One victim, who was seated in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle, was shot several times and pronounced deceased by medical personnel. That victim was identified as Marcos Jesus Martinez-Ruiz, age 27, of Salinas. The officers were able to assist a 21-year-old male who was eventually transported to Natividad Medical Center. He is being listed in stable but critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed the victims were seated in their parked vehicle near their residence, listening to music. For unknown reasons, the suspect vehicle drove up next to the victim vehicle and fired several gunshots into the driver's side of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle, described as a dark colored SUV or truck, fled the area northbound on Machado Way or westbound on Acosta St. No further information is being released at this time.

The victims have no history with the Salinas Police Department and there are no indications they are involved in gang activity. The motive for the shooting is unknown. This is the 11th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have seen the shooting occur or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Vehicle Pursuit, Resisting Arrest, Multiple Weapons Violations

Release Date/Time: 5/2/2016 2:41 PM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Resisting Arrest, Multiple Weapons Violations

Report #: 16-050055

Date: Monday, 5/2/2016

Time: 7:18 AM

Location: N. MainSt/Navajo Dr

An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gold colored Saturn at North Main Street and Alvin Drive for expired registration. The Saturn immediately drove off at a high rate of speed southbound on North Main Street. At Navajo Drive the Saturn shifted into the oncoming lanes, driving southbound in the northbound lanes, barely missing several cars coming in the opposite direction. The vehicle turned left onto Chaparral Street heading toward North Salinas High School. The officer cancelled the pursuit due to the inherent danger to children walking to school.

The vehicle turned southbound onto Linwood Drive approaching El Gabilan School. The vehicle passed the school at a high rate of speed, driving on the wrong side of the raised divider and almost hitting another car head on. Just after passing the school, the driver threw a loaded .357 magnum handgun out of the window onto the street, in plain view of those walking to school. Police recovered the handgun and the vehicle was found running and abandoned on the 1100 block of Granada Ave. A canine picked up the scent which lead to a broken fence board leading to a backyard on the100 block Santa Teresa Avenue. The canine immediately alerted to an outside crawl space opening that led underneath the house.

After several commands were given to come out and with no response, the canine was sent in. The dog immediately located Robert Glaze (29) and Patricia Anne Mayor (26) hiding underneath the house. The dog was able to convince the suspects to exit and both were taken into custody. Mayor had a minor puncture wound to her leg from where the canine held onto her. Mayor was treated and released at Natividad Medical Center and cited for resisting arrest and delaying a peace officer. Glaze was lodged into Monterey County Jail for the felony evading with wanton disregard for the safety of others as well as several gun charges.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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