Press Releases

Promotion of Detective Kim Robinson

Release Date/Time: 1/5/2015 8:32 AM

Incident:  Promotion of Detective Kim Robinson

Date: Monday, 1/5/2015

Time: 8:32 AM

Location:  City Hall Rotunda  200 Lincoln Ave.

On January 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm the Salinas Police Department will hold a ceremony to promote Detective Kim Robinson to the rank of Sergeant.  Kim began her law enforcement career with the Monterey County Sheriff's Department in 2002 where she worked in the custody division.  In 2004 she was hired by the Salinas Police Departemnt.  During her career she has held assignments including patrol officer, field training officer, background investigator and detective.  The ceremony will be held in the City Hall Rotunda and is open to the public.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Att. Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/3/2015 10:00 PM

Incident: Att. Murder

Date: Saturday, 1/3/2015

Time: 5:18 PM

Location: 500 Block of Williams Rd

A Salinas Police Officer heard gunshots in the area of the 500 block of Williams Road and drove into the area.  People began pointing at a SUV that was driving away and he attempted a stop on the vehicle as it pulled into another apartment complex.   It was then discovered the occupants were the ones being shot at.  Witness place two of the vehicles occupants on foot getting into a verbal argument with two other males in the driveway of a complex in the 500 block.  One of the subjects pulled a gun and fired at the pair, who ran to the SUV and drove away.  The shooters were last seen jumping fences towards the area of Cross Ave.  A perimeter was set and the CHP helicopter was utilized to assist in the search.  After a considerable search, the suspects were not located.  During the investigation it was determined that neither victim was struck by gunfire, however a nearby apartment was struck.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession of meth for sale / gun

Release Date/Time: 1/3/2015 2:45 PM

Incident: Possession of meth for sale / gun

Report #: 15-010048

Date: Friday, 1/2/2015

Time: 4:05 PM

Location: Williams Rd/ Bardin Rd

On 1/2/15 at 4:05PM, officers from the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop on Felix Margarito Soto (56). Soto was found to have an illegally possessed semi-auto pistol and an ounce of methamphetamine. Soto was out on bail from an arrest in November of last year. In that case, members of the Violence Suppression Unit had served a search warrant at Soto's residence on Williams Rd. As a result of the search warrant, Soto was found to be in possession of two illegally possessed firearms, an inert but illegal hand grenade and a large quantity of narcotics for sales. Soto was returned to the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/2/2015 12:59 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Thursday, 1/1/2015

Time: 8:03 PM

Location: 931 W Alisal (Mountain Mikes)

Two males entered the Mountain Mikes on West Alisal Street wearing bandanas covering their faces and brandishing firearms.  They demanded an employee open the register and after obtaining cash, they rifled through a nearby desk before fleeing onto Alisal Street. One suspect had a black and white Pendleton style jacket, and the other a black hoodie, both were said to be carrying backpacks. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/2/2015 12:59 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Thursday, 1/1/2015

Time: 8:03 PM

Location: 931 W Alisal (Mountain Mikes)

Two males entered the Mountain Mikes on West Alisal Street wearing bandanas covering their faces and brandishing firearms.  They demanded an employee open the register and after obtaining cash, they rifled through a nearby desk before fleeing onto Alisal Street. One suspect had a black and white Pendleton style jacket, and the other a black hoodie, both were said to be carrying backpacks. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Brandishing, Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm, Possession of Burglary Tools, Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 1/1/2015 4:44 AM

Incident: Brandishing, Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm, Possession of Burglary Tools, Probation Violation

Report #: 15-010003

Date: Thursday, 1/1/2015

Time: 2:22 AM

Location: 800 blk of Kilbreth

Officers were dispatched to a report of a Hispanic male brandishing a pistol. The suspect, Rene Vasquez (26) ran up to the victims while pointing a pistol at them and yelling "What's up homie?" Vasquez ran past the victims and was eventually arrested near 1020 Sieber St. The loaded 9mm pistol was found under a nearby car. Vasquez would not answer questions about the incident, but did claim ownership of a shaved vehicle key in his pocket. Vasquez is on felony probation for a prior conviction involving firearms and gang affiliation. He was lodged at county jail.

Release Authorized by: Jeffrey Ramsden

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Apprehension of a Wanted Subject

On December 30, 2014 at approximately 1700 hours Salinas Police Officers arrested Edward Ramirez, 5-12-79, inside of a motel room in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue.  Ramirez was wanted for a Felony Hit and Run that occured on December 26, 2014 at the intersection of East Lake Street and Soledad Street.  Ramirez will be booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Photo of Wanted Hit and Run Suspect

Attached is a photo of Edward Ramirez, who is the suspect in the felony hit and run which occurred on E. Lake St. and Soledad St. in Salinas on December 26th.  Ramirez is a Hispanic male, 35 years old, 5'9" tall and 160 lbs.  He has a distinct tattoo of a bear on his left cheek and a tattoo of the word "Tracy" on his forehead and neck.  He should be considered armed and dangerous.  The police department is asking people not to approach Ramirez if he is seen, but to call 911.

 

Avoid the 20 Winter Campaign Update

Release Date/Time: 12/30/2014 9:35 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Winter Campaign Update

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 12/30/2014

Time: 9:34 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments overnight in Monterey and San Benito Counties. From 12:01 AM Friday December 12, 2014 through Midnight Sunday December 28, 2014 officers representing 20 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 71 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

To this date there have been no deaths attributed to alcohol or drug involved crashes although there have been 3 injury collisions injuring four people. Last year there were 0 alcohol related death during this same time period. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

Over the course of the next week of the campaign extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed in several of the cities throughout the Central Coast. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts.

The CHP is deploying all available officers for their second Maximum Enforcement Period on the New Year's Holiday, 6:00 PM December 31st through midnight January 1, 2015. Multiple DUI/Driver's License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are all part of this region-wide crackdown during the 21 day Winter Holiday Campaign. 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 New Year's Thursday, January 1, 2015.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Burglary Tools, & Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 12/29/2014 5:02 PM

Incident: Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Burglary Tools, & Probation Violation

Report #: 14-121532

Date: Monday, 12/29/2014

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: 1000 Block of Kimmel St.

Officers were dispatched to a call of two suspicious males outside a house in the 1000 block of Kimmel St. The caller stated one of the subjects had a crow bar and pried open a side window to the residence. He went inside and opened the door for the second subject. The two were seen exiting the house a few moments later with bags full of property. Officers located two subjects matching the description walking onto Martin Luther King Middle School. The two fifteen year olds were in possession of laptops, jewelry, and other miscellaneous items. The homeowner was later contacted and identified the property as his. Both suspects were on probation and were booked into Juvenile Hall for all charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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