Press Releases

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/29/2013 8:36 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-111298

Date: Friday, 11/29/2013

Time: 6:55 PM

Location: 11 Clark St.--Quik Stop

On November 29, 2013, at approximately 6:55 pm, a lone suspect entered the Quik Stop and brandished a handgun.  The suspect demanded money from the clerk and received an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect fled on Clark St. toward Nacional Court. A witness said the suspect got into a white, 4 door vehicle and was last seen westbound on W. Market St. toward the Castroville. The suspect was described as a HMA, early 20's, 5'6" with a thin build, wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and a black ski mask.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Patrol Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Death Report

Release Date/Time: 11/29/2013 4:04 PM

Incident: Death Report

Report #: 13-111288

Date: Friday, 11/29/2013

Time: 1:35 PM

Location: 1240 N.Main

Medical was dispatched to a report of a male sitting at the bus stop in front the Arrow gas station who was not responsive. On arrival they found a 42 year-old transient male deceased. The male was seated on the bus stop bench with his hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head and his head between his knees. There were no signs of trauma and the Coroner estimated that the male had been deceased from 4 to 12 hours before being discovered. Results of investigation will be pending the autopsy. The male's name will not be released at this point, pending contact with his family members.

Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Battery on a Police Officer / Restisting Arrest / Vandalism

Release Date/Time: 11/27/2013 12:05 PM

Incident: Battery on a Police Officer / Restisting Arrest / Vandalism

Report #: 13-111218

Date: Wednesday, 11/27/2013

Time: 9:37 AM

Location: 700 block of St. Michael Way

A female called to report that Aaron Reyes, 31, was acting violent and had broken down her bedroom door while she was inside. The victim ran to a neighbor's house and called police. Aaron walked outside and continued arguing with her until officers arrived. Officers separated them and the female said she wanted Aaron arrested for breaking her door. While attempting to put handcuffs on Aaron, he started to pull away from officers. He was pushed to the ground and during the struggle he attempted to bite one of the officers They got Aaron up and while walking to the PD car he continued struggling. At one point, just prior to putting Aaron in the car, he was able to bite another officer on her finger.

Aaron Reyes was booked for 2 counts of battery on a police officer, 1 count of resisting arrest and vandalism.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 11/26/2013 12:53 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 13-111166

Date: Tuesday, 11/26/2013

Time: 10:14 PM

Location: Pacheco St. & Ramona Ave.

A 25 year old male was standing at the corner of Pacheco Dr. and Ramona Ave. talking to a female acquaintance who was in a vehicle. A white sedan with two males drove up. The passenger got out and fired several shots at the victim, with at least one round striking him in the lower torso. The suspect got back into the vehicle and fled westbound on Pacheco St.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area hospital for treatment.  At this time, he condition was not known. The suspect was described as a male wearing a black hoodie and black baseball cap. Although this shooting was possibly gang-motivated, the victim did not appear to be involved in gangs.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 11/25/2013 8:21 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 13-111109

Date: Monday, 11/25/2013

Time: 1:22 AM

Location: Perez Street and Prado Street

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Sucre Court in North Salinas regarding the reports of shots being fired. Officers were conducting an area check when a 20 year old male called 911 to report that he had been shot.  The caller said that he would be laying on the ground at Perez Street and Prado Street. Officers contacted the victim who had sustained a single gunshot wound to his his back.  The victim had been walking in the area when he was shot.  He is not completely cooperating with the investigation.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area hospital and his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. This incident is being investigated as being gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shoplift Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Violation of Probation and Conspiracy

Release Date/Time: 11/24/2013 9:50 PM

Incident: Shoplift Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Violation of Probation and Conspiracy

Report #: 13-111093

Date: Sunday, 11/24/2013

Time: 1:38 PM

Location: 1050 North Davis Rd. - Kmart

A Salinas Police Officer was driving through the Kmart parking lot and saw security chasing two individuals who had just shoplifted from the store, Clemente Valdez, 38, and Leiloni Ancheta, 36. The officer ordered both to the ground, and they initially complied. Valdez got up and ran eastbound on W. Laurel Dr. across US 101 toward the Black Bear Diner. Officers responded to the area. One of the officers entered the diner to see if Valdez had run inside.  While he was there, Valdez came out out of the bathroom and ran towards Monroe Street. A witness noticed Valdez was located at the intersection of Monroe St. and W. Laurel Dr. He continued to run, but several motorists in the area called in to provide updated information to the officers.  Valdez was eventually arrested for the shoplift burglary from KMart, resisting arrest, and several warrants.  Ancheta also had warrants and was arrested for the same charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 11/24/2013 9:35 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 13-111089

Date: Sunday, 11/24/2013

Time: 11:32 AM

Location: 524 East Laurel Drive - Little Cesars Pizza

Two suspects entered the Little Caesar's Pizza at 524 E. Laurel Dr. One of them had a handgun and demanded money.  They fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and were last seen on Santa Teresa Way.  Both were described as Hispanic males, approximately 5'8" - 5'9", with heavy builds, wearing black hooded jackets,  One of the suspects had a green-colored bandana covering his face.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 11/24/2013 9:35 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 13-111089

Date: Sunday, 11/24/2013

Time: 11:32 AM

Location: 524 East Laurel Drive - Little Cesars Pizza

Two suspects entered the Little Caesar's Pizza at 524 E. Laurel Dr. One of them had a handgun and demanded money.  They fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and were last seen on Santa Teresa Way.  Both were described as Hispanic males, approximately 5'8" - 5'9", with heavy builds, wearing black hooded jackets,  One of the suspects had a green-colored bandana covering his face.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/23/2013 7:43 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 13-111042

Date: Saturday, 11/23/2013

Time: 2:27 AM

Location: McDonald's - 608 Williams Rd.

Officers reponded to the McDonald's for a report of a possible robbery. Two Salinas officers arrived within a minute of the call and began to approach the restaurant, which was open for business.  As one of the officers appoached the front glass doors, the suspect saw him and pointed a handgun at him.  The officer immediately stepped behind cover and the suspect ran toward the drive-thru window and jumped out.  He then ran across Williams Rd. towards Wiren St.  As additional officers responded to the area, the suspect robbed a male and female who were in their vehicle on Bardin Circle.  The suspect demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  According to witnesses and other evidence, the suspect threw a large rock through the drive-thru window.  He then made entry through the window carrying a black backpack. He is described as a male adult in his mid 30's, 5' 3" - 5' 5", medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black beanie, and some type of ski googles.  The suspect had obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and was preparing to leave when he saw the first responding officers.  The suspect in this case matches the description of the one who previously robbed two other McDonald's restaurants in Salinas. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 11/23/2013 7:23 PM

Incident: Fatal traffic collision

Report #: 13-111060

Date: Saturday, 11/23/2013

Time: 4:14 PM

Location: Constitution Blvd. / Beacon Hill Drive

Petronio Yasay, 79, was riding his mountain bike e/b on Beacon Hill Drive. The preliminary investigation showed that Yasay ran the stop sign before crossing Constitution Blvd. Maria Serrano, 37, was driving s/b in the #1 lane of Constitution Blvd. in her 2000 Chevy Suburban. The left/front of the Suburban struck the rear tire of the bicycle as the bicycle crossed in front of the Suburban. Yasay was thrown on top of the hood before landing in the street. He suffered a major head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. The sun was setting directly in front of Serrano and may have been a contributing factor. It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved. The investigation in on going.

This is the 11th traffic fatality in Salinas this year. That ties the 11 fatalities in 2011 which was the most fatalities ever in Salinas. This is the first Bicycle vs. Vehicle fatality of the year. There have been 6 pedestrian deaths, two motorcycle deaths, one vehicle vs. vehicle death and one solo vehicle death.

For further information you may contact the investigating officer, Traffic Officer Jeff Munoz at (831) 758-7980

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

 

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