Press Releases

Child Molestation Arrest--Adam Frogel

Release Date/Time: 3/26/2014 11:12 AM

Incident: Child Molest Arrest--Adan Frogel

Date: Wednesday, 3/26/2014

Time: 11:12 AM

Location: Salinas Police Department

On March 25th, 2014, Adam Frogel (57) turned himself in to the Salinas Police Department after being identified and contacted as the suspect in alleged child molestation.

Frogel is a contract employee from the state of Florida and contracted through the Monterey County Office of Education to provide services to special needs children. Contrary to a prior news release, Frogel is not an employee of the Salinas Union High School District.

After school hours and at on off-site location, Frogel is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual relations with two minor victims.

Frogel was lodged at the Monterey County Jail for multiple counts of sexual crimes with a minor.  His bail was set at $500,000.00 dollars.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Officer Involved Shooting--Press Conference Notification-- March 25 @ 10:00AM

PRESS CONFERENCE  --Tuesday March 25 @ 10:00AM

 

A press conference regarding the Officer Involved Shooting that took place on Thursday (March 20th) will be held at the Salinas Police Department Conference room on Tuesday--March 25th at 10:00 AM.

This conference is for the press only and not open to the public.

Press credentials will be required to attend.

For any other inquires contact Commander Vincent Maiorana at (831) 758-7350.

Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 3/23/2014 8:27 PM

Incident: Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 14-031172

Date: Sunday, 3/23/2014

Time: 5:32 PM

Location: E. Alisal St / Madeira Ave

A mother and her 7-year-old daughter were walking in the crosswalk N/B on Madeira Ave. at E. Alisal St. Catalino Mendez, 58 was driving SB on Madeira and about to turn onto Alisal. The mother said she saw that Catalino saw them and she had the right of way, so she and her daughter continued to walk. Catalino said he saw the mother and her daughter walking in the crosswalk, but thought they were going to stop, so he made a right turn and ran them over at approx. 10mph. The mother was knocked to the ground but the vehicle ran over the daughter's pelvis area. The mother was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and the daughter was flown to a bay area hospital with serious injuries that do not appear life threatening.

Catalino had a suspended license, no insurance and a warrant for driving with a suspended license. He was booked in county jail for the above charges.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2014 2:07 AM

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

Date: Friday, 3/21/2014

Time: 2:07 AM

Location: P/L 1488 Constitution Blvd.

Salinas Police Officers responded to the Wing Stop restaurant located at 1488 Constitution Bl. regarding a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot seen with a handgun.  When Officers arrived on scene, they quickly identified and contacted the described suspect with a gun in the parking lot.  As the involved Officers challenged the suspect, the suspect lifted his sweatshirt brandishing a handgun at the officers.  Fearing that the suspect was going to shoot, the involved Officers shot the suspect resulting in the suspect's death at the scene.  Three Salinas Police Officers were involved in this incident and were not injured.   There were no injuries to uninvolved parties who were in the area.

Salinas Police Investigators are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are 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.

This investigation is currently ongoing and the identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. As in all Officer Involved Shooting Investigations the involved Officers will be on paid administrative leave while the initial investigation is being conducted.

All press relations should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ 831-758-7350.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

UPDATE-Homicide/Shooting from 03-18-14

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2014 1:35 AM

Incident: Homicide UPDATE 3/18/14

Date: Friday, 3/21/2014

Time: 1:35 AM

Location: 700 Blk Towt St.

****Homicide Update ****

On Tuesday 3/18/14 at 7:12 PM, Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700 Block of Towt Street regarding a shooting victim.  At the scene, victim Juan Carlos Pedraza (47) was found deceased.  Refer to previous press release dated 3/19/14.

Since the shooting Salinas Police Department investigators have been diligently working on this case following  several leads.  On 3/20/14, investigators were able to identify Antonio Martinez (35) as the suspect responsible for the shooting death of Pedraza.  Investigators, aided by the Salinas Police Violence Suppression Unit and SWAT team, arrested Martinez after he was seen coming from 18495 Kennedy Street in Salinas.    Martinez was later booked at the Monterey County Jail for Murder.

Salinas Police Detectives are always looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7143 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-7276. 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.

Although an arrest has been made in this case the investigation is still ongoing.  All press inquiries should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ (831) 758-7350.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone:831-758-7350

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 3/20/2014 9:24 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-031061

Date: Thursday, 3/20/2014

Time: 6:41 PM

Location: 975 N. Main - Jack in the Box

A Hispanic male, in this mid 30's, wearing a trash bag over his shirt and a long sleeve shirt walked into the Jack-in-the-Box holding a simi-auto handgun. He started waiving the gun in front of the customers, then jumped the counter and told employees to open the cash registers. He then started pointing the gun at employees' heads and at one point put the gun in a victim's mouth. The suspect grabbed the money and put in a duffel bag. He jumped back over the counter and robbed a customer. He then left the store, got on a bicycle and rode south on N. Main St.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 3/19/2014 12:21 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-030912

Date: Tuesday, 3/18/2014

Time: 7:12 PM

Location: 700 Block ot Towt St

Officers responded to the 700 block of Towt St on a report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they found Juan Carlos Pedraza (47) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however Pedraza died at the scene. It appears as though Pedraza was walking near his residence when he was confronted by an unknown subject.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7143 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-7276.  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: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision update

Release Date/Time: 3/17/2014 11:50 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision Update

Date: Monday, 3/17/2014

Time: 11:50 AM

Location: North Davis Road / West Laurel Drive

On March 4, 2014, Jose Velasquez, 70, was riding his bicycle in the area of North Davis Road and West Laurel Drive at about 4:45 am. He was involved in a traffic collision and died from his injuries. Salinas Police Department traffic investigators are attempting to reconstruct this collision and are looking for anyone who may have witnessed it. Anyone with any information is encouraged to come forward by calling Officer Richard Diaz at (831) 758-7189.

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Fatal Traffic Collision update

Release Date/Time: 3/17/2014 11:50 AM

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Date: Monday, 3/17/2014

Time: 11:50 AM

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Pursuit / gun arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2014 4:05 AM

Incident: Pursuit / gun arrest

Report #: 14-030738

Date: Friday, 3/14/2014

Time: 8:10 PM

Location: 1700 block Humbolt Dr.

Salinas Police Officers with the Violence Suppression Unit attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Antonio Rosillo (23) for moving violations. Rosillo led the officers on a short vehicle pursuit. When the pursuit ended, Rigoberto Amezcua (18) and Miguel Amezcua (22) ran from the vehicle. Miguel Amezcua had a loaded and concealed firearm in his possession. Both were arrested a short distance from the vehicle. Antonio Rosillo and Jorge Hunter Lopez (19) were arrested in the vehicle. All four subjects were lodged in county jail for gang and gun charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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