Press Releases

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 6/24/2014 2:08 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-061097

Date: Tuesday, 6/24/2014

Time: 12:20 PM

Location: 1423 North Main Street - Vitamin Store Health Center

The suspect; a white male, 40's, gray beanie, dark blue pants, gray long sleeve shirt with a white t-shirt entered the store to ask about vitamins. At one point the suspect demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect held his waistband as if he had a firearm. No gun was actually seen.  The suspect was last seen running southbound on North Main Street.  An undetermined amount of money was taken.  Investigation is continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Gang Enhancements, Probation Violation, etc...

Release Date/Time: 6/24/2014 1:49 PM

Incident: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Gang Enhancements, Probation Violation, etc...

Report #: 14-061085

Date: Tuesday, 6/24/2014

Time: 8:34 AM

Location: Sherwood Drive and Rossi Street

A Salinas Police Officer observed a traffic violation in the area of Rossi Street and Sherwood Drive. The driver, a 19 year old Hispanic male, yielded on Sherwood Drive at the intersection with Cherry Street.  The right front passenger, Elijah Hernandez, 19, fled the vehicle holding his waistband.  The officer believed that he was in possession of a firearm.  After an extensive search he was taken into custody on California Street at Rossi Street.  2 separate firearms were located near where Hernandez was taken into custody.  Hernandez had been identified as being involved in a recent riot at Monterey County Jail where a deputy was injured.  He was booked into the Monterey County Jail for a variety of gang, gun charges and probation violation.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery and Negligent Discharge of Firearm

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2014 11:58 PM

Incident: Robbery and Negligent Discharge of Firearm

Report #: 14060730

Date: Monday, 6/16/2014

Time: 10:26 PM

Location: 1700 block of Cherokee Drive

Officers were dispatched to the above location regarding the victim of a shooting. The victim, a 16 year old male, sustained a minor laceration above his eye.  He and another subject were inside of a garage when two suspects, males with hoods, entered the garage in search of an item.  The victim was struck with the firearm causing the injury.  He was not shot.  Both suspects fled.  One of the suspects discharged a firearm randomly in the neighborhood.  No one was struck by the gunfire.  A vehicle and residence was hit with one of the rounds.  The victim was very uncooperative.  This was not a random act and the motivation is unclear. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Special Olympics Torch Run

On June 17th, 2014 the Salinas Police Department along with Monterey County Probation Department 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 Monterey County Probation Department will carry the torch from City Hall (200 Lincoln Avenue) throughout Old Town and finish the run in front of Gino's Restaurant (54 Monterey/Salinas Highway.)  The torch will make its way through the Monterey Peninsula as it is carried by the Monterey County Sheriffs Department, California Highway Patrol, Seaside Police Department and Marina Police Departments.

Sale of illegal Fireworks

Release Date/Time: 6/14/2014 5:07 PM

Incident: Sale of illegal Fireworks

Report #: 14-060635

Date: Saturday, 6/14/2014

Time: 11:30 AM

Location: Under 100 Block of Towt Street

Department of Justice Task Force Agents, comprised of Officers with the Salinas Police Department, Monterey County Sheriff's Office, and California Highway Parol, received information about an individual selling large quantities of illegal fireworks through Facebook. Contact was made with Daniel Escatel Alcocer (33), via Facebook and a deal was made to purchase the fireworks from his home on Towt Street. An undercover officer met Alcocer at his residence and Alcocer directed the officer to a large shed in the backyard where he had all the fireworks displayed. As soon as the deal took place, officers arrested Alcocer. The Fire Department was called in to assist and take possession of the fireworks. The fireworks consisted of small explosives as well as aerial fireworks. An extensive inventory of the fireworks was conducted and based on the price list Alcocer posted on Facebook, the fireworks were valued at approximately $20,000. The fireworks also weighed in at approximately 1800 pounds, making it a felony.

Alcocer was booked into the Monterey County Jail for several misdomeanor and felony sections related to possession and sales of illegal fireworks.

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Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 6/8/2014 7:53 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-060473

Date: Sunday, 6/8/2014

Time: 11:08 AM

Location: N. Sanborn Rd. & Kilbreth Ave.

Officers were dispatched to the area for a victim of a shooting. When they arrived on scene, they found Daniel Castillo (18) lying in the roadway. He had been shot multiple times at close range.  Castillo was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.  Detectives are currently following up on some investigative leads.  We encourage anyone who may have information to contact Detective McKinley at 758-7145 or Detective Schwener at 7276.  Information can also be left on the Crime Tip Lines at 758-7133 and 775-4222. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 6/7/2014 2:06 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 14-060327

Date: Friday, 6/6/2014

Time: 10:34 PM

Location: P/L of 918 Acosta Plaza

Officers were dispatched to 918 Acosta Plaza for a victim of a shooting. When they arrived, they found Abelardo Rodriguez (33), in the right front seat of a vehicle. He had been shot multiple times.  Rodriguez was transported to Natividad Medical Center.  At NMC, Rodriguez was stabilized and then life flighted in critical condition to a bay area hospital.  Detectives have minimal information at this time and are requesting that anyone with information, contact Detective Schwener at 758-7276 or Detective Currier at 758-7125.  Information can also be left on the Crime Tip Lines at 758-7133 or 775-4222 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Pre-paid Card Scam

Release Date/Time: 6/6/2014 8:12 PM

Incident: Pre-paid Card Scam

Report #: 12-060319

Date: Friday, 6/6/2014

Time: 4:14 PM


Early this morning the victim received a telephone call from a scammer, a person claiming to be an agent with the Internal Revenue Service. The scammer informed the victim that she had defaulted on IRS payments and that she owed the government money.  Over an 8 hour period, the victim loaded up to $950.00 on 19 separate "Reloadit" pre-paid cards.  Once the money was loaded on each card the victim provided the scammer the serial numbers to each card.  Once that information is provided to the scammer it can be cashed out or transferred to another pre-paid card making it more difficult to trace.  Similar scams have been successful throughout the country.  The phone numbers used today were: 888-235-4072 and 206-708-2849.  Both of these numbers have an internet history of being associated with fraud.  If you receive ANY request by someone that you do not know to use a MoneyPak, Reloadit or any other prepaid card(s) it should be considered a scam.  Contact your local police department if you have any question regarding whether or not the request for money from a stranger is valid.  The loss in today's incident was over $17,000.00.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 6/6/2014 2:45 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-060297

Date: Thursday, 6/5/2014

Time: 11:16 PM

Location: 916 Acosta Plaza

Officers responded to a report of a gunshot victim found in the area of 916 Acosta Plaza. When they arrived, they found Arthur Bravo (25) who was deceased. Bravo had suffered a single gunshot wound and was pronounced at the scene.  Bravo was reported to have been seen loitering around the area approximately 30 minutes prior to being found.  Several people contacted could not say when the shooting may have occurred as there were numerous reports of fireworks throughout the evening, in the immediate area.

Anyone who may have information into the shooting death of Arthur Bravo, is encouraged to contact Detective Schwener at 758-7276 or Detective Gansen at 758-7137.  Information can also be left on the Crime Tip Lines at 758-7133 or 775-4222.  

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Arrest of a Wanted Subject

Release Date/Time: 6/5/2014 2:37 PM

Incident: Arrest of a Wanted Subject

Report #: 14-060250, 14-060258, 14-050517

Date: Thursday, 6/5/2014

Time: 11:09 AM

Location: Towt / Cooper

Officers were dispatched to a hit and run at Towt St and Cooper St. involving an Orange cab. Witnesses reported that the driver had struck a parked car and then fled on foot. Witnesses directed officers to the suspect's location and the officers located the suspect standing next to the open the door of a pick up being driven by an elderly man. The suspect was asking for a ride but the driver of the truck refused. Christian Amezcua (20) was arrested without incident. Amezcua had removed the meter from the cab and was in possession of a set of shaved keys along with the key to the cab. Amezcua was found to be DUI and was also wanted for violation of a restraining order from earlier this week. He was lodged at Monterey County Jail on numerous felony charges. Amezcua is not an employee of Orange Cab and it was later determined that Amezcua had stolen the cab from an apartment on Terrace Ave. The cab had been left unlocked with the keys in the center console. Both the cab and the parked car sustained moderate damages. Arresting officers praised the efforts of the citizens that helped direct them to Amezcua and said he might have escaped capture had it not been for all of the witness cooperation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250