Press Releases

Media Availability re: Investigation of Officer Involved Shooting

Salinas Police Officers were involved in a shooting this morning at about 5:00AM.  Chief McMillin has requested that the Monterey County District Attorney investigate this shooting.  Any questions regarding the shooting should be directed to District Attorney Dean Flippo at 831-755-5470.

 

Chief McMillin will be available to answer questions regarding this process this morning, July 10 at 11:00AM in the City Hall Rotunda.

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/7/2014 11:30 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Date: Monday, 7/7/2014

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 100 block Orchard Ave

A 24 year old male was standing outside an apartment complex in the 100 block of Orchard Ave when he observed a newer, red, Honda drive by.  The driver made a gang reference and the victim told the driver he was not involved in gangs,  the vehicle then continued on. A short time later, the same vehicle came back and the driver, described as a heavy set male wearing a blk hoodie, and checkered shorts got out and began firing.  The victim was struck two times as well as a nearby apartment and the laundry room.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for non life threateneing injuries.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary

Release Date/Time: 7/7/2014 10:53 PM

Incident: Burglary

Date: Monday, 7/7/2014

Time: 9:00 AM

Location: 942 Lupin Dr.--American Red Cross

Sometime between 7/3 and 7/7 someone broke into  three trailers in the side parking lot of the Red Cross. They gained entry by cutting the locks and stole 2 portable generators, 7 heavy duty lights, 2 car batteries, cables and 12 military style, clamshell cots. These are items used by the Red Cross for emergency response and disaster relief.  If anyone has information regarding potential suspects and/or the location oft he missing items, please contact the Salinas Police Department or the WeTip Hotline1 800 78 CRIME (27463).

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cmdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Hit and Run

Release Date/Time: 7/6/2014 11:48 AM

Incident: Fatal Hit and Run

Report #: 14-070208

Date: Saturday, 7/5/2014

Time: 2:49 AM

Location: Natividad/Los Coches

A 27-year-old male was riding his bicycle westbound through the north crosswalk at Natividad Road at Los Coches Avenue against a red light. A light colored, possibly white, 4 door sedan drove northbound through the intersection and struck the man launching him over 150 feet. The driver fled north on Natividad Road. The bicyclist suffered massive head trauma and internal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. During the preliminary investigation, a Salinas PD traffic investigator estimated the vehicle speed at approximately 70 mph. The driver has not yet been located and the case is still under investigation. The Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit is looking for addition witnesses. Anyone with additional information should call Officer Lek Livingston (831) 758-7980 or Sergeant Gerry Ross at (831) 758-7975. This is the 6th fatal traffic collision in Salinas this year and the first involving a bicyclist.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Suspect Named in Maria Ceja Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/5/2014 8:12 PM

Incident: Suspect Named in Maria Ceja Homicide

Date: Saturday, 7/5/2014

Time: 8:12 PM

Location: Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

The suspect in the early morning stabbing death of Maria Ceja has been named: He is Florencio Anselmo, 36, of Salinas.

Ceja, 44, was stabbed to death shortly after midnight today near her home on Central Avenue. Anselmo was taken into custody late this afternoon at an apartment on San Benito Street.

 

 

UPDATE: Suspect in Maria Ceja Homicide Now in Custody

Release Date/Time: 7/5/2014 5:06 PM

Incident: UPDATE: Suspect in Maria Ceja Homicide Now in Custody

Date: Saturday, 7/5/2014

Time: 5:06 PM

Location: Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

Salinas Police this afternoon took into custody a suspect in the early morning homicide of Maria Ceja.

Ceja, 44, was stabbed to death shortly after midnight today near her home on Central Avenue.

Salinas Police Release Photos of Homicide Suspect, Seek Community's Help Finding Him

Release Date/Time: 7/5/2014 2:56 PM

Incident: Salinas Police Release Photos of Homicide Suspect, Seek Community's Help

Date: Saturday, 7/5/2014

Time: 2:56 PM

Location: Central Avenue, Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

Salinas Police are asking for the community's help in finding the suspected killer of 44-year-old Maria Ceja, who was stabbed to death at about 15 minutes past midnight today near her home on the 300 block of Central Avenue, Salinas.

The suspect, currently known only as "Florencio," is shown in the photos below. Larger versions of the photos can be downloaded from the links below each photo.

Salinas Police are asking anyone with information identifying "Florencio" or knowledge of his current whereabouts to please call 911. You can also contact Detective Fors at 758-7124 or Detective Fairbanks at 758-7322, or you can use the crime tip lines at 758-7133 or 775-4222. 

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To download the full-size photo: click here.

Maria Ceja and

To download the full-size photo, click here.

The earlier release on this incident can be found here.

 

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/5/2014 4:23 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-070204

Date: Saturday, 7/5/2014

Time: 12:15 AM

Location: P/L of 312 Central Ave.

Maria Ceja (44) arrived home at approximately 0015 hours where it appears her boyfriend "Florencio" was waiting for her in the parking lot. There was an argument between Ceja and "Florencio" which culminated in "Florencio" stabbing Ceja in the chest. Ceja was taken to Natividad Medical Center where she died of her injuries.  "Florencio" was identified and seen running from the scene. "Florencio" had been dating Ceja for approximately one year. "Florencio's" last name and current whereabouts are unknown.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for anyone with information on identifying "Florencio" or knowledge of his current whereabouts to please call 911.  If you have information, you can also contact Detective Fors at 758-7124 or Detective Fairbanks at 758-7322. Information may also be left on the crime tip lines at 758-7133 or 775-4222. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

DUI Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 7/4/2014 9:07 AM

Incident: DUI Checkpoint

Report #: 14-070166

Date: Friday, 7/4/2014

Time: 8:55 AM

Location: 300 Block Monterey Street

Last night a 5-hour DUI checkpoint was conducted on the 300 block of Monterey Street. 1,022 vehicles drove through the checkpoint and officers contacted 718 of those drivers. There were no DUI arrests. Nine drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license and 19 were cited for driving unlicensed. One driver was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and 10 drivers received citations for other hazardous violations. One of the drivers cited for driving on a suspended license had 5 prior DUI convictions. Sergeant Gerry Ross said he believes the checkpoint was a big success in spite of the fact that no DUI drivers were arrested. "The reason we do checkpoints is to promote public safety, deter drunk drivers, and educate the public on the dangers of drunk driving. We accomplished those goals." Salinas PD will be conducting several DUI patrols throughout the weekend. Sergeant Ross said the emphasis for the patrols will be to arrest DUI drivers. The checkpoint and the DUI patrols are funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2014 12:30 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-070106

Date: Wednesday, 7/2/2014

Time: 9:31 PM

Location: 700 block of Holly Street

Officers responded to a shooting in the 700 block of Holly Street. They found a 15 year old victim.  The victim did not sustain a gunshot wound.  He told officers that he was sitting in the front passenger seat of a vehicle when two suspects walked up. One of the suspects, a Hispanic male, 21, 6-2, thin build with a black semi-atuomatic handgun shot at him multiple times. Officers located numerous bullet holes in the vehicle.  One of the rounds penetrated the victims hat. Both suspects fled on foot toward Rider Avenue. The victim claimed no gang affiliation but said some of his family associates with gangs.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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