Press Releases

Attempted Murder/ Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/11/2016 12:04 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder/ Shooting

Report #: 16 08 0590

Date: Wednesday, 8/10/2016

Time: 10:09 PM

Location: McDonalds - 600 Block of Williams Rd.

A McDonalds restaurant and two cars waiting in the drive through were struck by gunfire on Williams Road. A sixteen-year-old male was walking across Williams Road toward McDonalds when a pickup truck came speeding southbound toward him. The victim began running and someone from the truck shot multiple times at the boy missing him. The rounds impacted two cars waiting in the drive through lane and a bullet shattered the drive through window just missing the attendant. The boy ran into the McDonalds for safety. The suspect vehicle, a grey extended cab pickup, possibly a Chevy, sped away southbound on Williams Road.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder / Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/10/2016 10:57 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder/ Shooting

Report #: 16 08 0589

Date: Wednesday, 8/10/2016

Time: 7:53 PM

Location: Harden Prkwy/ Broadway

 

A 24-year-old man was shot while walking through a neighborhood in North Salinas. The man was walking westbound on Harden Parkway crossing Broadway when he was approached by two male adults. The suspects chased after the victim as he ran westbound on Harden and fired multiple rounds from a handgun striking him twice. The suspects may have fled in a brown 90's model Nissan Sentra. The victim ran to the Target shopping center where he was treated and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Update-Vicitm Identification

Release Date/Time: 8/10/2016 1:41 PM

Incident: Homicide Update-Vicitm Identification

Report #: 16-080201 and 16-080467

Date: Wednesday, 8/10/2016

Time: 1:38 PM

Location: C St. and Gonzales Alley Homicides

The Salinas Police Department is releasing the identities of two victims in recent homicide cases.

On August 3, 2016, a shooting occurred in the 1100 block of C Street in Salinas. The shooting resulted in the death of 17-year-old Damian Figueroa, a resident of Salinas. Figueroa's death was the 21st homicide of the year.

On August 8, 2016, a shooting occurred in Gonzales Alley, near E. Gabilan St. in Salinas. The shooting resulted in the death of 35-year-old Hugo Martin Torres, a resident of Salinas. Torres' death was the 22nd homicide of the year.

There is no additional information is being released about either of the shootings at this time. For details about the shootings, please refer to the initial press releases.

Anyone with information regarding either of these shootings is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/9/2016 6:54 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Tuesday, 8/9/2016

Time: 7:46 AM

Location: 600 Block of St. George

On August 9, 2016, at approximately 7:46 am, officers responded to the 600 block of St. George  Dr. for a victim of shooting. Upon arrival they found 26-year-old Jonathan Lara suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Lara was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Witnesses described a subject running in the area and get picked up by a light colored SUV.  The SUV turned eastbound on Laurel from St. Edwards. 

The victim has had numerous gang contacts with the Salinas Police Department and this is being investigated as gang related.   This is the 23rd Homicide of the year. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929 or Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/8/2016 8:20 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-080467

Date: Monday, 8/8/2016

Time: 4:08 PM

Location: Gonzales Alley at Gabilan St.

On August 8, 2016, at approximately 4:08 pm, Salinas Police responded to Gonzales Alley, near Gabilan St., on the report of a victim of a shooting. Officers arrived within a minute of being dispatched and found a 35-year-old male victim, lying in the alley way, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The officers provided medical attention until they were relieved by medics from the Salinas Fire Department. Salinas Fire medics attempted to save the victim's life but, unfortunately, he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

It appears the victim was alone at the time of the shooting but it is unknown how many suspects are involved or why he was shot. The victim is a resident of Salinas and was known to the Salinas Police Department. This is the 22nd homicide in the city this year and is being investigated as gang related. The identity of the victim is being withheld until proper notification to family members can be completed.

At this time, detectives from the Salinas Police Department's Investigation Bureau are searching for witnesses to this shooting. If you have any information, please call Detective Dave Poulin at (831) 758-7270 or Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7128. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

UPDATE--Child abduction case—Original press release dated August 3, 2016

Release Date/Time: 8/8/2016 1:42 PM

Incident: UPDATE  PARENTAL CHILD ABUDCTION CASE--Original press release 8-3-16

Date: Monday, 8/8/2016

Time: 1:42 PM

Location:  Salinas Police Department

UPDATE

Child abduction case—Original press release dated August 3, 2016

On Monday August 8, 2016 at approximately 11 A.M. Yvonne Chaboya came to the front counter at the Salinas Police Department explaining that she had recently seen the news and saw that the police were looking for her  and her 6-year-old child.  Chaboya said that she was out of town camping and had no idea the police were looking for her and her child.   Chaboya claimed not to know that there was any court ordered child custody arrangement in place at the time she took her child.  Chaboya had her 6-year-old child with her at the time and after being questioned about the case surrendered the child to the custodial guardian.  Chaboya's child was in good health and appeared to have been well taken care of.   Investigation is being forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney's office for review and prosecution.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7250

Pursuit Crash

Release Date/Time: 8/5/2016 12:37 AM

Incident: Pursuit Crash

Report #: 16 08 0281

Date: Friday, 8/5/2016

Time: 9:27 PM

Location: Airport Blvd. / Hwy 101

An officer was driving in the area of John and Alisal when he observed a 2004 Chevy Tahoe driving through the intersection on Alisal with a flat tire. The vehicle was weaving and the driver possibly intoxicated. The officer caught up to the vehicle and when he tried to stop it the pursuit was on. The Tahoe took off on Sky Way at approximately 60 mph with the flat tire. The vehicle reached speeds over 80 mph on Airport Blvd. and lost control just past Moffett. The vehicle went off the road and over the embankment and rolled hitting a couple of trees. By the time officers made it safely to the crashed vehicle the driver was nowhere to be found, and the vehicle was on fire. There was damage to the windshield and it is possible the driver was injured and possibly even ejected. An exhaustive search was conducted for the driver utilizing multiple officers, FLIR, and K9s; however, the driver was not located. The investigation is ongoing.

 Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

 

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Sergeant Rick Maldonado Retirement

Release Date/Time: 7/29/2016 1:29 PM

Incident: Sergeant Rick Maldonado Retirement

Date: Thursday, 8/4/2016

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 100 Howard St.

The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Sergeant Rick Maldonado.  His final briefing will be Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Salinas Police Activities League building, across the street from the Salinas Police Department. 

Rick was born and raised in the Salinas and Monterey area, and has lived here his entire life.  In 1988, Rick was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the San Benito County Sheriff's Office.  Rick worked as a Deputy for six years, before being hired as a Police Officer with the Salinas Police Department in 1994.  Rick's change in departments was precipitated by his brother being hired by the Salinas Police Department.  He was inspired by what he saw as a greater opportunity. 

Rick was selected as a School Resource Officer and GREAT (Gang Resistance and Training) instructor in August of 1999.  He was assigned to the Salinas High School campus, but taught GREAT curriculum to elementary school students. 

During his time as an SRO at Salinas High School, Rick organized and facilitated the 'Every 15 minutes” program to bring awareness to youth about the danger of intoxicated driving. 

Rick was assigned to the Investigations division in October of 2002.  During his time in that assignment he investigated sex crimes, crimes against persons, and homicides.  Rick received certificates of specialty in the areas of homicide and sexual assault investigations from the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation. 

Rick returned to patrol in January of 2008 and was assigned as a Field Training Officer.  During that time, he received the Monterey County Peace Officers Association life-saving award. 

Rick was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August of 2010. 

In September of 2010, Rick was selected to supervise the Community Services unit.  He organized and facilitated two sessions of the Salinas Police Department's Community Academy.  He also supervised the implementation of the CASP (Community Alliance for Safety and Peace) officers in the Hebbron neighborhood. 

Rick was an instructor in several areas to include 3 years as a first aid instructor, 9 years as an EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) instructor, and 14 years as a range master and firearms instructor. 

Rick has donated hours of community service to organizations such as Salinas PAL, Jr. Giants, and other community and school events such as crime prevention and stranger danger presentations.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7279

Parental Child Abduction

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2016 9:28 PM

Incident: Parental Child Abduction

Report #: 16-080137

Date: Wednesday, 8/3/2016

Time: 9:24 PM

Location: 300 block of Katherine Ave.

The Salinas Police Department is asking for help in locating a child abducted by his biological mother. Yvonne Chaboya, age 41, had lost all parental rights to her children. On August 2, 2016, Chaboya went to the 300 of Katherine Ave., which is the residence of the custodial guardian of her children, and began playing with the children who were out in the front yard. Although Chaboya has no legal right to the children, it was not uncommon for her to come over to see the children. Chaboya was playing with her 6-year-old son, Richard Martinez, and ran toward the sidewalk area on Katherine Ave. Chaboya and Martinez began running westbound from the front of the house toward S. Main St. The adults watching Martinez and the other children at the residence, believed Chaboya and Martinez were playing and did not think anything suspicious until Chaboya and Martinez did not return.

Yvonne Chaboya is described as an Asian female, 4'11” tall, 125 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She is transient and was last seen wearing a grey shirt, blue pants and no shoes. (See Attached)

Richard Martinez is described as a Hispanic/Asian male, 4'2” tall, 80 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue tank top, black shorts and black tennis shoes. (See Attached)

Although it is believed Martinez went with Chaboya willingly, Chaboya has no legal right to have custody of Martinez and he must be returned to his custodial guardian. The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Yvonne Chaboya and Richard Martinez to call 911 or the non-emergency number (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

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Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2016 5:01 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-080201

Date: Wednesday, 8/3/2016

Time: 12:53 PM

Location: 1100 block of C Street

At approximately 12:50 pm, on August 3, 2016, Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to a victim of a shooting in the 1100 block of C Street. Upon arriving on scene, officers found a Hispanic male juvenile suffering from gunshot wounds. While the victim was able to speak to officers upon our arrival, his condition quickly deteriorated as medical personnel attempted to save his life. The male was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The initial investigation shows the victim and another friend were outside a residence talking when they were approached by two suspects. As the suspects approached, they both pulled out handguns and began shooting at the victim and his friend. After several rounds were fired, the suspects fled onto Josefine St., possibly to a waiting vehicle. The suspects were described as two Hispanic male adults in their early 20's, wearing dark clothing. The possible associated vehicle is described as a silver or white 4-door compact sedan. The vehicle was last seen northbound on Josephine St. No other persons were injured in the shooting.

The 17-year-old victim is a resident of Salinas and his name is being withheld until proper notification to his family can be completed. This is the 21st homicide in the city this year and the third in the last four days. Each of the last three homicides are being investigated as gang related. It is too early in the investigations to definitively say they are related to each other.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information regarding this shooting incident to please contact Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442; or Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

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