Press Releases

Welfare check/Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2015 4:28 PM

Incident: Welfare check/Homicide Arrest

Report #: 15-020779

Date: Monday, 2/16/2015

Time: 9:03 PM

Location: 700 Block Ingleewood Street

On Monday February 16th at approximately 9:00 PM Salinas Police Officers responded to 700 block of Inglewood Dr. in Salinas to conduct a welfare check on a resident who lives at that location.  When Officer arrived they found a 70 year old male resident deceased on the premises.    While investigating the case, Matthew Roberts (37) was arrested and later booked at the Monterey County Jail for homicide.  This case is actively being investigated by Salinas Police investigators and as information becomes available an updated press release will be issued.

Release Authorized by: Vincent Maiorana CMDR

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Armed Robbery / Attempted Armed Robbery Business - Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2015 1:46 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery / Attempted Armed Robbery Business - Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-020796 and 15-020800

Date: Tuesday, 2/17/2015

Time: 8:13 AM

Location: 8 Williams Road - Star 1 Gas & El Kiosko

A Hispanic Male, late 20's, wearing black hooded jacket and a bandana covering his face and blue jeans entered the businesses with a chrome colored handgun.  There are two businesses at this location.  The suspect entered and robbed the clerk from the gas station and after obtaining an undetermined amount of money confronted the clerk at the taqueria.  The 33 year old male victim (clerk) at the taqueria was preparing food at the time.  The suspect demanded that he opened the register.  Unable to do so, it appears that the suspect intentionally fired one round at the victim striking him on the top of his head.  The victim was treated for a non-life threatening gun shot wound at a local hospital.  It is possible that a witness to the robbery chased the suspect and possibly struck him with his vehicle.  The suspect may have been injured as a result and may be limping.  If you have any information regarding this case please contact Officer Jacky Bohn at 831-758-7161 or 831-775-4201 extension 6405.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/12/2015 10:48 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-020593

Date: Thursday, 2/12/2015

Time: 10:44 AM

Location: 1022 Del Monte Ave.

At 0300 hours this morning Francisco Solorio (37), a Salinas resident was pronounced deceased at the Natividad Medical Center trauma center. He was on a ventilator and had succumb to the injuries he received the previous evening.  This case is now being classified as a homicide.  

Release Authorized by: Sergeant J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/11/2015 11:52 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-020593

Date: Wednesday, 2/11/2015

Time: 7:55 PM

Location: P/L of 1022 Del Monte Avenue

Officers were dispatched to a shots fired call with a man down. In the parking lot, they found  the 37 year old male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim was rushed to the trauma center where his condition is critical and unknown if he will survive.  Witnesses in the area said two suspects approached and asked about gang affiliation.  The victim announced he was a sureno gang member at which time one of the suspects produced a handgun and shot the victim multiple times at close range.   The shooter was described as a young Hispanic male. He was short in stature, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans. The second suspect is approximately 20 years old, stands approximately five feet ten inches tall and was wearing a black ball cap, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The Salinas Police Depatment is asking for the public's assistance.  If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact Detective McKinley at 758-7145.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Vehicle Injury Accident

Release Date/Time: 2/11/2015 10:23 AM

Incident: Vehicle Injury Accident

Report #: 15-020527

Date: Tuesday, 2/10/2015

Time: 5:50 PM

Location: Freedom Parkway & N. Sanborn Rd.

Hayde Santos, 23, was driving her Honda Civic westbound on Freedom Parkway and decided to make a left turn onto southbound N. Sanborn Rd. She turned into the path of another Civic traveling eastbound, which struck the passenger side of Santos' vehicle. Her husband, Ruben Perez, 25, received major injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He sustained facial fractures and lacerations, a broken and dislocated left arm, a broken pelvis, and two broken legs. He is currently in the intensive care unit in serious but stable condition and is expected to survive. A 4-year-od male received a head laceration and other undetermined injuries. He was flown out to Oakland Children's Hospital. His 1-year-old brother was uninjured.  Santos was also uninjured and had been driving without a license. The 40-year-old male driver of the other vehicle was uninjured and had been driving on a suspended license for failure to pay child support. Charges are pending on both drivers. The collision is still under investigation and officers have not yet determine who was at fault.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/10/2015 4:57 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-020470

Date: Monday, 2/9/2015

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: Del Monte and Green

Units responded to a report of a shooting victim and arrived to find the victim, a 20 year old male. The victim was walking on the 1100 block of Green St. when he saw a person across the street.  The suspect began to fire at him, with at least one round causing a non-life threatening injury.  The suspect fled on foot toward Del Monte Ave. It is unknown at this time if the shooting is associated with any gang.

Release Authorized by: Brian Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/8/2015 1:00 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-020366

Date: Saturday, 2/7/2015

Time: 8:09 PM

Location: 1036 N. Sanborn

On Saturday, February 7th at approximately 8:10 pm Salinas Police responded to 1036 N. Sanborn Rd on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they found Eric Jacobo (21) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however Jacobo died at the scene.  There is no suspect information at this time, and this incident is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or Detective Gerardo 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: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 2/7/2015 11:44 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-020368

Date: Saturday, 2/7/2015

Time: 9:50 PM

Location: 1260 N. Main St. - The Crab Bucket

Two males entered the Crab Bucket Restaurant on N. Main St.  One of them had a gun and ordered the customers and employees to the ground.  The other suspect opened the register and took the contents. Both suspects then fled out the front door towards Noice Dr.  The suspect with the gun was described as 5'11" tall with a thin build, black hoodie, baseball cap, and a bandana over his face. The second suspect was 5'8" tall, with a heavy build, dark blue hoodie, and a bandana. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Follow up to possesion firearm and pursuit

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2015 4:50 PM

Incident: Follow up to possesion firearm and pursuit

Report #: 15-020148

Date: Wednesday, 2/4/2015

Time: 4:36 PM

Location: Rianda Street and Prader Street

Yesterday afternoon a Salinas Police traffic officer had a pursuit in which the suspect vehicle crashed into an embankment after driving southbound onto northbound traffic on U.S. 101. This morning at 0828 hours, Salinas PD detectives spotted the subjects on foot in the area of Prader and Alisal. They were walking with the same two girls that were contacted yesterday and admitted to being in the pursued vehicle. An officer made contact with the suspects who were taken into custody. Officers found sufficient evidence to show that Brandon Earle, 20, had been the driver in the pursuit and Daniel White, 19, had been the passenger who threw out the gun. Both men are from Sacramento and were here with the two girls. Both men were booked into Monterey County Jail on several gun charges. Earle was also booked for felony evading. One of the two girls was only 16-years-old. She was placed with CPS.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle Recovery

Release Date/Time: 2/3/2015 8:52 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle Recovery

Report #: 15-020023

Date: Tuesday, 2/3/2015

Time: 4:38 PM

Location: N. Main St / Harden Pkwy

On 2/1/15, a 17-year old female took a family member's car without permission. That same day, a similar car was used in an armed robbery in the parking lot of a shopping center on E. Alisal St. In that case, two females asked to borrow a man's phone. When he agreed, the females took the phone and ran. The victim gave chase and a male suspect exited the suspect car and pointed a black semi auto handgun at the victim before all suspects drove away.

This afternoon, an officer spotted the stolen car on N. Main St. Knowing this vehicle matched the one used in an armed robbery, a high-risk traffic stop was made. The driver, Marcelino Quinonez (18) was arrested without incident and a black, replica semi auto pistol was found under the driver seat. He was eventually booked into Monterey County Jail. The original 17-year old female suspect was also arrested without incident. She is on probation and eventually booked into Juvenile Hall. A female adult passenger was arrested for outstanding warrants and another female adult was released without charges along with her 1 1/2 year old son.

Officers are continuing their investigation to determine if these individuals were responsible for the armed robbery.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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