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Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day

Release Date/Time: 6/26/2015 5:18 PM

Incident:Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day

Date: Friday, 6/26/2015

Time: 5:18 PM

Location:El Dorado Park (1640 El Dorado Drive)

Release Authorized by:Officer Angel Gonzalez


(Salinas, CA – June 27) The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be holding their opening day celebration for the 22nd season of Junior Giants Baseball on Saturday June 27th


Supporting the PAL organization, Mayor Joe Gunter and Police Chief Kelly McMillin will participate in the first pitch faceoff slated for 9:00 am. (Media photo-op available) Come see who is the best pitcher as they simultaneously throw out the honorary first pitch. 

This year, over 1000 participants are signed to play ball. The ages of the league range from 5-18 years old.  This is the 3rd year in a row that the league has increased their participation.  Players and their families are to be in attendance of the opening day celebration that is to take place at El Dorado Park.  'We are extremely thankful for the major donation made by Mann Packing of Salinas. "Their generosity and support of this program is fantastic! They have again provided new baseball gloves for distribution to the children in the program”, said Salinas Police Officer and Executive Director of PAL Officer Angel Gonzalez. 


'Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day” - El Dorado Park

1655 El Dorado Avenue

Saturday June 27, 2015, 9:00am


Release Date/Time: 6/20/2015 12:38 AM
Incident: Homicide
Report #: 15-061013
Date: Friday, 6/19/2015
Time: 9:47 PM
Location: 646 Williams Rd.

Officers were dispatched to the taqueria for a fight and victim of a stabbing. They found Antonio Gonzalez-Alejo (43) with multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen. Gonzalez-Alejo was transported to NMC where he was pronounced deceased. Gonzalez-Alejo was at the taqueria with Geronimo Hernandez for karoke night. They got into an argument that became physical when they went outside.  Witnesses said that during the fight, Hernandez pulled a knife and stabbed Gonzalez-Alejo several times then fled. Numerous witnesses identified Hernandez as the suspect. Hernendez fled to a nearby house. There, friends convinced Hernandez to turn himself in. The police were called and Hernandez was taken into custody without incident.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson
Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Armed Robbery Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/17/2015 4:05 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery Arrest
Report #: 15-060883
Date: Wednesday, 6/17/2015
Time: 5:42 AM
Location: 11 Clark Street - Quik Stop Market

An employee at the Quik Stop called to report that an armed robbery had just occurred at the business.  The suspect was described as an unknown race male, wearing black colored clothing carrying a chrome colored handgun.  He was last seen running southbound from the business.  Officers arrived in the area and located a subject, later identified as Paul Becker, 26, matching the description in the 0-100 block of Clark Street.  Upon seeing the police Becker ran and jumped several fences.  Officers eventually located Becker in the yard of a nearby business.  He had sustained multiple lacerations after being cut by razor wire on the top of a fence of the business.  He was treated and later released from the hospital.  The stolen money was recovered.  The handgun and clothing were not located.  Becker was booked into the Monterey County Jail for armed robbery.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Special Olympics Torch Run

On June 16, 2015 at 10 am, the Salinas Police Department along with members of Monterey County Probation, Parole, District Attorney's Office, CTF-Soledad and CHP Officers will participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.  Our mission is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.  The Salinas Police Department and local partnering law enforcement agencies will carry the torch from City Hall (200 Lincoln Avenue) throughout Old Town and finish in front of Gino's Restaurant (54 Monterey/Salinas Highway.)  The torch will then make its way through the Monterey Peninsula as it is carried by the Monterey County Sheriffs Department, California Highway Patrol, Seaside Police Department, C.S.U.M.B. Police Department and Marina Police Departments.

Armed Robbery Suspect Kelly Grimm (39) arrested

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2015 11:39 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery Suspect Kelly Grimm (39)**Arrested**

Date: Monday, 6/15/2015

Time: 11:39 AM

Location: Cleveland Ave,  City of Salinas

On June 10, 2015 Salinas Police Detectives along with our partners from the US Marshalls Service and the Monterey County Narcotics/Gang Task force were able to locate and arrest Kelly Grimm (39) for his involvement in several armed robberies in the City of Salinas.  Grimm was located at a residence on Cleveland Ave. in the City of Salinas where he surrendered without incident.  Grimm is suspected of committing up to 7 armed robberies in Salinas of retail establishments where he  brandished a handgun and took money.  Grimm is also suspected of other armed robberies in nearby counties.  Grimm was booked at Monterey County Jail and the investigation(s) have been forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

See below media links for previous reports on this case:

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Attempted murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/14/2015 10:15 AM

Incident: Attempted murder - Shooting

Date: Saturday, 6/13/2015

Time: 7:26 PM

Location: 200 block of W. Curtis St.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting in the 200 block of W. Curtis St. Dispatch updated the information that there were two victims down inside the residence.  Officers found a 26 year old male and 20 year old female victim in the residence suffering from gunshots to the arms and legs.  Both were transported to NMC with non-life threatening wounds. The investigation revealed that the victims were leaning up against a fence in the front yard and fled into the residence upon being shot at.  A newer, white Ford Fusion, stopped in the street  west of the location and  the suspect exited the vehicle and began firing at the victims before returning to the vehicle.  The vehicle was last seen eastbound W. Curtis.   It is unknown at this time if there is any gang affliations related to this case.  Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/14/2015 9:55 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Date: Sunday, 6/14/2015

Time: 4:45 AM

Location: Maryal Dr. & Elwood St.

Two brothers, ages 20 and 24, were sitting at the stoplight on W. Laurel at N. Main waiting to go E/B onto E. Laurel. A Hispanic male adult in a maroon 4-door SUV pulled up next to the brothers then pulled in behind them when the light turned green and began following them. The victims pulled into a nearby parking lot for a brief moment before once again driving off. They again noticed the suspect was behind them.  As they neared the intersection of Elwood and Maryal, the fired several shots at the brothers' vehicle. The suspect fled S/B on Maryal. The victim vehicle was struck 3 times, but neither victim was hit. The victims denied any gang affiliation and denied any knowledge of why they would be targeted.   The suspect was described as HMA, 20 yrs with a thin build, and short brown hair. It is unknown at this time if this case is gang related.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/14/2015 9:39 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Date: Sunday, 6/14/2015

Time: 9:55 PM

Location: 1000 block of Harding St.

Units responded to the report of a shooting victim in the driveway of a residence in the 1000 block of Harding Street.  Officers contacted a 39 year old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities. The victim was transported to a local hospital for surgery and was last listed in serious condition. The investigation revealed that two suspects arrived at the location in a vehicle driven by a third suspect. The two passengers exited the suspect vehicle and approached the residence on foot. When they reached the driveway they began shooting without saying anything. The victim was among a group of neighbors who were barbecuing in the driveway. After the shooting the suspects ran back to the suspect vehicle and fled southbound on Harding St.  None of the other persons present were struck by the gunfire. The suspect vehicle appears to be a light colored 4-door Honda Civic or similar. One of the suspects was identified as wearing a white long sleeved shirt.  Officers had recently been dispatched to this location for a loud music complaint and had left the area approximately 10 minutes before the shooting. This case is being investigated as possibly gang related due to previous gang contacts by the victim.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Att. Robbery

Release Date/Time: 6/13/2015 3:36 PM

Incident: Att. Robbery

Date: Saturday, 6/13/2015

Time: 10:20 PM

Location: 607 N Sanborn

An HMA, 19yrs, 5-9/170 walked into Tapia Sports and pointed a black revolver at the clerk, demanding money in both Spanish and English while pushing the clerk towards the register. The victim was able to push the suspect away and the suspect fled eastbound, crossing E. Laurel and through a hole in the fence to the rear of 918 Acosta Plaza. The victim initially chased the suspect for a short distance, however stopped when the suspect turned and brandished the firearm at him.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/13/2015 3:12 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Date: Friday, 6/12/2015

Time: 10:28 PM

Location: 300 block of Block Ave.

The 33 year old victim had just arrived home and was standing outside his residence. A white early 90's model Ford Mustang passed by and he heard one shot and then was struck in his thigh. Prior to the shot he heard the shooter yell a gang slogan.  The vehicle was last seen on Block Ave towards Parsons. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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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