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At-Risk Missing Person


****UPDATE**** 11/17/15 0830

Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.


Stan Cooper, Cdr




The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating an at-risk missing person. Nicholas Johnson, age 30, was last seen walking in the area of Market St and Greenfield Alley. Nicholas has severe mental disability and requires medication for life-threatening medical issues. Nicholas was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes, a light blue baseball cap with Nike logo and a beaded necklace with a cross around his neck. Anyone with information as to Nicholas' whereabouts is urged to call 831-758-7321, the SPD Watch Commander's office at 831-758-7250 or 9-1-1 immediately.

Theft Suspect Contacted

Release Date/Time: 11/16/2015 2:08 PM

Incident:  Theft Suspect Contacted

Date: Monday, 11/16/2015

Time: 2:08 PM

Location:  Maya Cinemas  153 Main Street

*UPDATE*  Approximately 1 1/2 hour after the press release, the susepct returned to the Maya Cinemas and said she wanted to return the wallet.  Officers responded and contacted the suspect.  The wallet and contents were recovered and the suspect interviewed.  The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for prosecution.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Theft Suspect

Release Date/Time: 11/16/2015 11:04 AM

Incident:  Theft of Wallet

Date: Monday, 11/15/2015

Time: 3:50 PM

Location:  Maya Cinema 153 Main Street 

The victim lost her wallet when it fell from her pocket while at the concession stand inside the theater.  The pictured suspect was captured on surveillance video picking up the wallet and concealing it in her jacket.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect.  She is a heavy set Hispanic female adult, possibly in her forties.  She was wearing blue jeans, a black jacket and black boots.  Anyone recognizing the suspect is asked to contact Officer David Crabill Jr. at 831-775-4201 ext. 6362 or the tip line at 831-775-4222.


Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Poss drugs and gun by gang member

Release Date/Time: 11/15/2015 1:11 PM

Incident: Poss drugs and gun by gang member

Date: Sunday, 11/15/2015

Time: 11:11 AM

Location: 171 Main (1st Awakenings)

An off-duty Salinas Police Officer was preparing to leave the First Awakenings Restaurant when he saw Alberto Ramirez (23) and Marina Rodriguez (19) sitting in a nearby booth.  As the officer walked by, he recognized Ramirez from a previous contact and also recognized the distinctive chunk of black plastic sticking out of his pant pocket as that of a handgun grip. The off-duty officer called dispatch to report the observations and units began to arrive on scene. An entry plan was devised to make contract with the pair and as on-duty officers approached, Ramirez suddenly reached for his firearm.  Fortunately, officers were close enough to Ramirez that they were able to go hands-on with him and keep him from pulling the firearm in the crowded restaurant.  Ramirez was taken into custody and a loaded firearm was recovered on him along with a quantity of narcotics an cash consistent with sales of a controlled substance.  Ramirez was later lodged into MoCo Jail for several gun, gang, an narcotics charges as well as violation of probation. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Bank Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/9/2015 6:41 PM

Incident: Bank Robbery

Report #: 15-110500

Date: Monday, 11/9/2015

Time: 5:10 PM

Location: 1903 Natividad Rd, Wells Fargo Bank

Three men entered the bank wearing hooded sweatshirts, bright yellow safety vests, tinted glasses and painters masks. Two had handguns, one had a knife. They took over the bank ordering customers to the floor. An undetermined amount of cash was stolen and the suspects fled in a black import with paper plates. No one was injured. The FBI responded and took over the case.

Release Authorized by: Commander S. Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 11/8/2015 9:48 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-110435

Date: Sunday, 11/8/2015

Time: 7:59 PM

Location: 1200 Block of Pacific Ave

An 18-year old Hispanic male was walking his German shepherd in the area when a white Chevy Tahoe with tinted windows began to approach. Someone from inside the car fired multiple rounds at the victim. He was struck multiple times in the lower extremities but none of the wounds were life threatening. The victim's dog was also struck by the gunfire and died at the scene. Several large caliber casings were recovered from the scene and the shooting is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 11/3/2015 12:37 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-110109

Date: Monday, 11/2/2015

Time: 5:56 PM

Location: 1300 block of Garner Avenue

The victim, a Hispanic male, 30, was followed home by a red or burgundy colored SUV occupied by two Hispanic male adults.  One of the suspects asked the victim about his gang affiliation.  The victim denied gang affiliation and ran away.  One of the suspects fired several shots toward the victim.  One round struck the victim in the leg.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide (Shooting)

Release Date/Time: 11/2/2015 2:20 PM

Incident: Homicide (Shooting)

Report #: 15-110044

Date: Sunday, 11/1/2015

Time: 8:56 PM

Location: Orchard Ave / Sieber St

Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting at the intersection of Orchard Ave. and Sieber St. Officers arrived within minutes of receiving the call to find Juan Angel Perez (16) laying in the roadway next to his bicycle.  Perez had been shot several times and died at the scene.  3 suspects were described as wearing dark clothing running on foot from the area. Perez has no contacts with the police and he was a student at Everett Alvarez High School.  Investigators are currently working on this case and based upon the amount of onlookers at the scene at the time of the shooting it is highly probable there are witnesses who still need to come forward.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Wanted Person Arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2015 8:03 PM

Incident: Wanted Person Arrest

Report #: 15-101450

Date: Friday, 10/30/2015

Time: 4:47 PM

Location: Under 100 Block of West Street

Salinas Police Detectives observed Steven Acosta, 29, at an address in the under 100 block of West Street.  Acosta was wanted for Torture, Kidnapping, Vehicle Theft and Battery related to an incident that occurred on 10/28/15 in the 400 block of West Market Street.  Additional officers arrived on scene where a perimeter was established around the residence that Acosta was last seen.  Officers and negotiators attempted to convince him to give up but he refused.  SWAT arrived and chemical agents were introduced into the residence.  Acosta immediately came out into the backyard.  There he fought with officers and was taken into custody.  Acosta was later booked into the Monterey County Jail on the charges listed above.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest of Carjacking Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/29/2015 7:17 PM

Incident: Arrest of Carjacking Suspect

Report #: 15-101210 / 15-101211

Date: Thursday, 10/29/2015

Time: 8:48 AM

Location: Central Park and 300 block of Central Avenue

Officer Oscar Dydasco was in the area of Central Park, 420 Central Avenue, when he observed two subjects walking westbound through the park toward Villa Street.  He recognized one as Jacob Salinas, 18.  Salinas was wanted for an armed carjacking that occurred on 10/24/15 in the area of Sanborn and McGowan.  Salinas is known to possess a handgun.  Both Salinas and the other subject fled on foot toward Homestead Avenue and Archer Street.  A perimeter was set up and an extensive yard to yard search was conducted. During the search, a citizen reported seeing Salinas running southbound on Archer Street toward Central Avenue. Officers arrested Salinas without incident in the 300 block of Central Avenue.  The second subject is still outstanding.  He was booked at Monterey County Jail for carjacking and an outstanding juvenile warrant.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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