Press Releases

Attempted Robbery / Robberies / Stolen Veh.

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2015 2:13 PM

Incident: Attempted Robbery / Robberies / Stolen Veh.

Report #: 15-120893, 0894, 0897, 0905

Date: Tuesday, 12/15/2015

Time: 8:39 PM

Location: Walmart N. Davis / Quickstop Clark / Valero W. Market St.

At 0839 hours, officers were dispatched to Walmart at 1375 N. Davis on a call of an attempted robbery.  Two male suspects dressed in all black with their faces covered and one had a rifle exited a red Nissan Frontier and ran into the store. One male stayed in the vehicle.  They ran straight to the courtesy counter but fled the store before completing the robbery. At 0851 hours, the Quick Stop at 11 Clark St. was robbed by an Hispanic male adult wearing dark clothing with a rifle. The suspect fled in a red Nissan Frontier.  At 0853 hours the Valero at 633 W. Market was robbed. A White male adult armed with a black semi auto handgun with green eyes wearing a black mask and dark clothing robbed the business before getting into a waiting Nissan Frontier.  A Salinas Police officer responding to the area located the robbery vehicle unccupied in a nearby neighborhood. The vehicle was recently stolen from a residential burglary in Soledad.  At approximately 10:00 am, officers were sent to a car fire at Martella / W. Lake.  A witness saw a Black male adult in the vehicle and appeared to be working on the stereo. As soon and the male exited the car, it began rolling down the street and into the drainage ditch before bursting into flames. The car was a 2006 Toyota Camry that was reported stolen this morning from north Salinas.  It is unknown at this time whether the Camry is related to the robberies.  Detectives are investigating this case.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

664-187 PC - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/8/2015 7:14 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC

Report #: 15-120446

Date: Monday, 12/7/2015

Time: 3:04 PM

Location: East Salinas

Two female cousins, ages 26 and 22,  were walking in the area of Dallas Avenue when they heard 3 gun shots. Both women started running and about one minute later the 26-year-old victim realized she had been shot in the right hip. A passerby stopped and took them to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. The bullet entered the front of right hip and lodged in her hip. The victim was treated and released. The shooting is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Animal Cruelty

Release Date/Time: 12/3/2015 8:49 PM

Incident: Animal Cruelty

Report #: 15-120215

Date: Thursday, 12/3/2015

Time: 4:21 PM

Location: 500 Block of Williams Rd

A Salinas resident came home to find one of his dogs in the front yard. The side gate to his home was open so he walked into the back and saw a large amount of blood in the back yard. The man discovered his pit bull had been severely beaten and the dog was down in the yard. The dog had two broken legs, lacerations to his jaw and a large amount of tissue torn from his mouth. The man rushed the dog to the vet but the injuries were so severe that the dog had to be euthanized. The motive for the attack is unknown but officers suspect the attacker entered the yard with the intention of burglarizing the home but was confronted by the dog. Salinas Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the person responsible for this heinous crime.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting - Attempted Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Release Date/Time: 11/24/2015 8:51 AM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-111363

Date: Tuesday, 11/24/2015

Time: 1:54 AM

Location: 1149 North Main Street - Rodeo Inn

Salinas Police Officer Joseph Kinney was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle speeding away from the Rodeo Inn southbound on North Main Street.  The Rodeo Inn is well known location for criminal activity.  A traffic stop was conducted on US 101 just north of the East Market Street off ramp.  While speaking with the driver, Calvin Harris, 28, who is from Vallejo, other officers were disptached to the Rodeo Inn regarding a victim of a shooting.  Officers arrived to find a 28 year old White Female Adult victim with a non life threatening gun shot wound to a lower leg.  She was transported to a local hosptial where she was treated and released.  A second victim, a 45 year old Hispanic Male Adult suffered a non life threatening grazing bullet wound to his hand.  He also was treated and released   Harris matched the description of the shooter and was postively identified.  A search of his vehicle revealed a semi automatic firearm matching the caliber of round used in the shooting.  Harris was found to be a previously convicted felon.  He was later booked into the Monterey County Jail for Attempted Homicide, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Domestic Violence.  During the investigation officers searched a room belonging to Raymond Raygoza, 24, at the Rodeo Inn and recovered a rifle, large quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax possessed for sale.  Raygoza was booked into the Monterey County Jail for several firearm and drug charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/23/2015 12:56 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-111268

Date: Sunday, 11/22/2015

Time: 9:13 PM

Location: F/O 703 Elton Place

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene they were contacted by an person who pointed out where the victim was. Officers found Juan Diego Morales Quiroz (21) in grave condition in the parking lot just off of the sidewalk. Quiroz had been shot multiple times. Paramedics arrived and shortly thereafter pronounced Quiroz deceased at the scene.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood and could not find anyone who could provide any suspect or suspect vehicle information. Numerous people heard the gunshots but could not provide any further information. It would appear that Quiroz was walking his dog as he normally does when the suspect(s) fired numerous rounds killing Quiroz. At this time, no motive has been determined. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Ongoing sexual abuse of a minor (s)

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2015 8:42 PM

Incident: Ongoing sexual abuse of a minor (s)

Report #: 15-090440

Date: Friday, 11/20/2015

Time: 8:28 PM

Location:

Salinas Police Detectives had been investigating the ongoing sexual abuse of a child. Victim 1 was 11 years old when he/she was first victimized. Victim 1 is now 24 years old. Through disclosure and follow up interviews, it was determined that there were two additional victims that are still minors. Victim 2 is 17 years old and Victim 3 is11 years old. The two additional victims made independent disclosures of their abuse at the hand of Guadalupe Marin (39).  Detectives are following up on the possibility of a fourth victim. 

Tonight, Marin was taken into custody.  Following his arrest, he did not wish to provide a statement and requested an attorney.  He was taken to the Monterey County Jail and charged with multiple counts of child molestatation.  A $2,000,000.00 bail escalation was granted by the Monterey County Superior Court.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2015 11:07 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-111129

Date: Thursday, 11/19/2015

Time: 9:23 PM

Location: 300 Block of Cross Ave.

A 19 year old male and a 20 year old male, were standing outside of a residence in the 300 Block of Cross Ave. when a Hispanic male approached on foot.  The subject pointed a gun at the victims and fired several rounds as they ran away towards the nearby park.  The 19 year old sustained non-life threatening wounds to his legs. The 20 year old victim was not struck.  It is unclear if the suspect came from a vehicle which had been seen in the area before the shooting.  This incident is considered gang-related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting / Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 11:18 PM

Incident: Shooting / Pursuit

Report #: 15-111009

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:23 PM

Location: 1200 blk. of Granada Ave

A Salinas Police sergeant was patrolling E. Laurel Dr. near Natividad Rd. He heard multiple gunshots and saw a tan Buick LeSabre speed out of the neighborhood. A vehicle pursuit ensued, which ended in the parking lot of the Monterey County Jail. The suspects fled on foot toward the soccer park on Constitution Blvd. MCSO, CHP and an MCSO K-9 unit responded to help search for the suspects. Meanwhile, officers were dispatched to the victim of a shooting in the 1200 block of Granada Ave.

A 23-year old Hispanic male was sitting on his motorcycle in the driveway of a residence talking to his girlfriend while their 4-year old son played next to them. The suspect vehicle parked on Trazado St and the gunman walked up to the victim. The suspect opened fire from just a few feet away and the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his lower abdomen before the gunman ran to the waiting car.

An exhaustive, 2-hour search was conducted but the suspects were able to elude capture. A semi-auto handgun was located inside the suspect vehicle, which matches the caliber used in the shooting. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this point and the victim does not appear to have any gang ties. At the time of this press release, the victim was still in surgery and his condition is unknown.  

Release Authorized by: Commander S. Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Located At-Risk Missing Person

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 9:13 AM

Incident: Located At-Risk Missing Person

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:36 AM

Location: S. Main

At- Risk Missing person Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Located At-Risk Missing Person

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 8:40 AM

Incident: Located At-Risk Missing Person

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:36 AM

Location: S Main St

At- Risk Missing person Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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