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Man with replica gun on MST bus.

Release Date/Time: 1/12/2016 4:24 PM

Incident: Man with replica gun on MST bus.

Report #: 16-010650

Date: Tuesday, 1/12/2016

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: South Main and Avenue A

Officers received a report of a male urinating in front of kids near Clay Liquors Market. We received an additional call that the male reportedly had two guns. An officer on South Main Street was flagged down by an MST driver who reported a man with a gun on the bus; same suspect as the Clay Liquors call. Additional Officers arrived, secured the area, and locked down Salinas High. All of the passengers were safely directed off the bus and secured. The suspect, Vicente Vistal, 59, was uncooperative and once he came off of the bus he was apprehended by a K-9 Officer and his K-9 partner 'Avi”. Vistal sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He was in possession of a replica firearm and was booked into Monterey County Jail for probation violation and resisting arrest.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting Victim - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/7/2016 12:55 AM

Incident: Shooting Victim - Attempted Murder

Report #: 16-01 0288

Date: Wednesday, 1/6/2016

Time: 10:05 PM

Location: Area of Rossi Street and Victor Street

Salinas Police received a call from Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital reporting the victim of a shooting in the ER. A 28-year-old white male and a female companion were dropped off at the emergency room. The male had one gunshot wound to the upper torso. His injuries appear non-life threatening. Both provided only limited information stating the shooting occurred somewhere in the area of Rossi and Victor Street. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department (831) 758-7321, or call the anonymous tip line at (831) 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/6/2016 12:47 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16-01-0234

Date: Tuesday, 1/5/2016

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 2000 Block of Perez Street

Salinas Police received a call from CHOMP reporting a victim of a shooting in the ER. The victim, a Hispanic male adult (32), stated he was approached by a single male while on the 2000 block of Perez Street in Salinas. The suspect asked the victim what he claimed and when the victim denied any gang affiliation the suspect fired at the victim striking him once. The victim was able to transport himself to CHOMP and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, 17 – 19 years old, approximately 6 foot, and possibly wearing a gray jacket and baseball cap. The suspect may have fled the area in a dark green SUV.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321, or the anonymous tip-line at (831)775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/4/2016 6:51 PM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 16-010151

Date: Monday, 1/4/2016

Time: 2:38 PM

Location: 100 Block of Prince Place

An officer heard gunshots in the area of South Hebbron and conducted an area check. The officer was flagged down by a citizen reporting the victim of a shooting on the 100 block of Prince Place. The officer located a 24-year-old Hispanic male with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for potentially life threatening injuries. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 18-20 years old, dressed all in black, and may have fled the area in an older model Toyota pick-up truck with a camper shell. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department (831) 758-7321.

Release Authorized by: John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

AVOID the 20 DUI Winter Campaign

Release Date/Time: 1/4/2016 12:34 PM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI Winter Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 1/4/2016

Time: 12:32 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

From December 18 through January 3, you probably noticed the ‘Avoid the 20' DUI Task Force was out in full force, targeting one of the deadliest killers on the road: drunk driving. The enforcement was part of the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, to save lives and make our roads safer.

DUI enforcement resulted in far too many drunk driving arrests countywide over the past 17 days. From 12:01 AM Friday December 18, through Midnight Sunday January 3, 2016 officers representing 20 law enforcement agencies from Monterey and San Benito Counties have arrested 123 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, there were no deaths from a DUI traffic collision but there were four injury crashes caused by DUI drivers that caused four people to suffer injuries. Last year there were 117 drivers arrested for DUI over the same period.

Thousands of lives could be saved each year if everyone drove sober or caught a ride after drinking. In 2013 alone, there were 10,076 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. California's DUI deaths stood at 867 that year. That's almost a third of all the traffic crash fatalities for the year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force and thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country teamed up with the NHTSA on the high-visibility enforcement campaign this year. The annual effort aims to reduce drunk driving year-round, not just on these few days during the winter holidays. The campaign may be over, but the warning remains: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Law enforcement officials will be conducting more high visibility anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region again on Super Bowl Sunday followed by a crackdown on St Patrick's Day. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! anytime you encounter a dangerous impaired driver. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shots Fired into a Dwelling and Destruction of a Hand Grenade

Release Date/Time: 1/3/2016 3:58 PM

Incident: Shots Fired into a Dwelling and Destruction of a Hand Grenade

Report #: 16-010091

Date: Sunday, 1/3/2016

Time: 4:23 AM

Location: 700 block of University Ave

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700 block of University Avenue regarding shots being fired into a residence.  Upon arrival officers located several bullet holes in an exterior wall of the residence.  While conducting their investigation officers located what turned out to be a live grenade on the ground just outside of the residence directly below where the rounds had penetrated the residence.  The Monterey County Sheriffs Bomb Squad responded and ultimately destroyed the device on scene.  No one was injured and there is no suspect information.  The case is being investigated as gang related and is on going.   

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/3/2016 3:47 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Report #: 16-010040

Date: Friday, 1/1/2016

Time: 10:44 PM

Location: 1400 block of Parsons Avenue

A 19 year old male dropped two friends off in the 1400 block of Parsons Ave. and drove southbound towards Rainier Drive.  It appears that two suspects open fired with handguns on his vehicle.  He accelerated to drive out of the area but lost control and struck a parked vehicle.  The victim sustained injury from gunshot wounds.  He was transported to a local hosptial for treatment.  He is listed in stable condition. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

AVOID the 20 DUI campaign

Release Date/Time: 12/31/2015 12:48 PM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 12/31/2015

Time: 12:46 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Through December 30th the DUI crackdown has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments. From 12:01 AM Friday December 18, 2015 through midnight Wednesday, December 30, 2015 officers countywide have arrested 72 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

'Our officers will be especially vigilant tonight,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of Salinas PD. He said that Salinas PD has authorized twice as many patrols tonight as they have on the other nights of the holiday DUI campaign. He warned, 'Almost everyone will be celebrating tonight, but if you decide to drink you better not drive. Don't take that chance because we will be out there looking for you.”

For the final weekend of the 17 Day DUI Mobilization several DUI Saturation Patrols will be conducted in throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. The CHP will deploy all available officers for the 3-day New Year's weekend for their Maximum Enforcement Period beginning at 6:00 PM and ending midnight Sunday.

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Sunday, January 3, 2016. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 17-day Winter Holiday Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 12/30/2015 1:29 PM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 12/30/2015

Time: 1:23 PM

Location: San Benito and Monterey Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID DUI Campaign Weekend Update #3

The end of the second weekend of the winter DUI Mobilization has resulted a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments. From 12:01 AM Friday December 18, 2015 through midnight, December 27, 2015 officers countywide have arrested 69 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year during the same time period officers arrested 71 drivers for DUI. There have been three drunk driver cause collisions with three people suffering injuries.

Over the course of the next several days of the campaign numerous DUI Saturation Patrols will be conducted throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. DUI arrest data collection will continue through midnight Sunday, December 3, 2016. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 17-day Winter Holiday Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Retirement of Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein

Release Date/Time: 12/28/2015 1:05 PM
Incident:  Retirement of Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein
Date: Wednesday, 12/30/2015
Time: 7:30 AM
Location:  City Hall Rotunda @ 200 Lincoln Ave.

The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Deputy Chief Terry Gerhardstein.  His final briefing will be Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall.

Terry was born and raised in Mason, Michigan.  He joined the United States Army Military Police Corps and served 5 ½ years in Berlin, Germany and Ft Ord, California as a Military Police Officer and Military Police Investigator. In June of 1985, he was honorably discharged from the military at the rank of Sergeant and two weeks later was hired by the Salinas Police Department.  He graduated from the Rio Hondo Police Academy in Whittier, California in November of 1985 and has been with the Salinas Police Department for the past 30 ½ years.

During his time as a patrol officer, Terry worked a number of assignments to include:  Field Training Officer (FTO), Violence Suppression Unit (VSU), Narcotics, and SWAT.

Terry was promoted to the rank of Corporal in July of 1999, where he worked assignments as a Field Training Officer, Regional Training Officer at the Gavilan College Police Academy, and Detective.

In November of 2000, Terry was promoted to Sergeant and worked the following assignments: Patrol Sergeant, FTO Sergeant, VSU, Internal Affairs, Special Operations, and Deputy Platoon Commander of the Mobile Field Force.

Terry was promoted to Acting Commander in November of 2009 and permanently promoted to Commander in August of 2010.  He has served as the North Area Commander, Watch Commander, Investigations Commander, and Tactical Commander.

Terry was promoted to Deputy Chief in September of 2012 and has supervised the Patrol, Administration and Investigations Divisions. 

Terry was an instructor in several areas to include chemical weapons, defensive tactics, and racial profiling.  He holds an Associate's Degree in Administration of Justice from Hartnell College and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management from St Mary's College, where he graduated with honors.  Terry received the Salinas Police Activities League's (PAL) 'Volunteer of the Year” award in 1995, the Monterey County Peace Officers Association 'Officer of the Year” award in 1990, and the Monterey County Peace Officers Association 'Distinguished Service Award” in 1990.

Terry has donated many hours of community service to organizations such as Salinas PAL, Little League Baseball, 4H, San Francisco Giants Junior Giants Baseball League, Salinas Air Show and the Veterans Day Parade.

Release Authorized by:  Sgt. K. Robinson
Telephone:  831-758-7120

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