Press Releases


Release Date/Time: 3/19/2014 12:21 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-030912

Date: Tuesday, 3/18/2014

Time: 7:12 PM

Location: 700 Block ot Towt St

Officers responded to the 700 block of Towt St on a report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they found Juan Carlos Pedraza (47) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however Pedraza died at the scene. It appears as though Pedraza was walking near his residence when he was confronted by an unknown subject.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7143 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-7276.  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: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision update

Release Date/Time: 3/17/2014 11:50 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision Update

Date: Monday, 3/17/2014

Time: 11:50 AM

Location: North Davis Road / West Laurel Drive

On March 4, 2014, Jose Velasquez, 70, was riding his bicycle in the area of North Davis Road and West Laurel Drive at about 4:45 am. He was involved in a traffic collision and died from his injuries. Salinas Police Department traffic investigators are attempting to reconstruct this collision and are looking for anyone who may have witnessed it. Anyone with any information is encouraged to come forward by calling Officer Richard Diaz at (831) 758-7189.

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Fatal Traffic Collision update

Release Date/Time: 3/17/2014 11:50 AM


Date: Monday, 3/17/2014

Time: 11:50 AM


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Pursuit / gun arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2014 4:05 AM

Incident: Pursuit / gun arrest

Report #: 14-030738

Date: Friday, 3/14/2014

Time: 8:10 PM

Location: 1700 block Humbolt Dr.

Salinas Police Officers with the Violence Suppression Unit attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Antonio Rosillo (23) for moving violations. Rosillo led the officers on a short vehicle pursuit. When the pursuit ended, Rigoberto Amezcua (18) and Miguel Amezcua (22) ran from the vehicle. Miguel Amezcua had a loaded and concealed firearm in his possession. Both were arrested a short distance from the vehicle. Antonio Rosillo and Jorge Hunter Lopez (19) were arrested in the vehicle. All four subjects were lodged in county jail for gang and gun charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 3/13/2014 11:26 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-030688

Date: Thursday, 3/13/2014

Time: 6:43 PM

Location: FO 848 E. Alisal St

A 15 year-old juvenile male waited for the victim to leave her work at the above address. As soon as she exited, the juvenile grabbed her, knocked her to the ground and took her purse. During the course of the robbery the suspect was holding a 12” Buck knife. He punched and kicked the victim after she fell. Several people saw this and chased after the juvenile. Witnesses caught him and held him for police. The victim's property and the knife were both recovered. The Juvenile was booked in Juvenile Hall for Robbery.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

On 3-12-14 at approx. 9:34 pm, a 23 year-old Hispanic male was visiting his girlfriend in the parking lot of 918 Acosta Plaza. He was outside her apartment by himself when he was approached by a male wearing dark clothing. The male asked him what he claimed and then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at him. He was struck in his buttocks, thigh, calf and ankle. He was treated at a local hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was wearing a ski type mask when the shooting occurred.

Random Act of Kindness - Salinas Police Officers and Motel 6, 140 Kern Street

On March 12, 2014 at 2:54 am., Veteran Salinas Police Officers Ken Ellsworth and Tom Larkin were on foot in Sherwood Park looking for a wanted subject who was possibly living in one of the encampments in the park.  The officers encountered a woman smoking a cigarette outside of her tent.  She asked them to be quiet and said that she was finally able to get her 7 month old daughter to go to sleep.  The officers asked if she had any other children with her.  Her 8 year old son was asleep in the tent.  The woman told officers that she and her children had recently been kicked out of their residence without ample notice.  The officers made every effort to find shelter for this family but were unsuccessful.  It appeared that no other resource options were available.  They called the assistant manager at the Motel 6, 140 Kern Street, Vanessa Salinas, to see if she could help.  Vanessa offered to accommodate the family for one night for a reduced rate.  Both Officers Ellsworth and Larkin made sure that the family was safe for the evening, split the cost and paid for the motel room themselves.  Social service providers were contacted and additional follow up will be conducted.

This morning Officer Jacky Bohn followed up with Val Villapando, the manager of the Motel 6, 140 Kern Street.  Mr. Villapando graciously offered to provide one free night of lodging at his motel to this family.  Officer Bohn paid for an additional two nights of lodging at the motel.  This is a great example of how officers and the business community can come together to help a family in need.  We appreciate the effort from everyone involved.


Release Date/Time: 3/12/2014 8:41 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-030600

Date: Wednesday, 3/12/2014

Time: 3:37 PM

Location: 122 W. Market - El Charrito Market

Two suspects, one waiving around a handgun, walked into the El Charrito and ordered the customers to the ground. The suspect without the gun started collecting money and bags from the customers, which he then put in a large back pack he brought with him. This same suspect then walked behind the store counter and took money from the register. Both suspects then fled the store and got into a BMW. The BMW drove west on Market St. and was found abandoned at Villa/Market. Witnesses said they saw 2 males running from the car. The vehicle was stolen and is being processed.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 3/12/2014 12:14 PM

Incident: Battery

Report #: 14-030475

Date: Monday, 3/10/2014

Time: 9:20 AM

Location: Alisal Community School

On Monday, 3/10/14, Salinas Police investigated a report of a teacher slapping an 8 year old student.  This is alleged to have occurred in the morning while class was in session.  The case was submitted to the District Attorney's Office for review.  It is still under investigation, therefore, no further details are available at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting into an Inhabited Dwelling

Release Date/Time: 3/11/2014 12:04 AM

Incident: Shooting into an Inhabited Dwelling

Report #: 14-030519

Date: Monday, 3/10/2014

Time: 10:09 PM

Location: 600 block of Dallas Avenue

An occupant of a gray colored 4 door with tinted windows fired three rounds from a handgun in the 600 block of Dallas Avenue.  One round penetrated a window and lodged inside of the residence.  No one was injured.  The occupants of the residence that was struck are not gang related.  Two juvenile females that were found by officers walking in the immediate area are gang related.  It is possible that they were the intended targets. Area check for the vehicle was negative.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250