Press Releases

Armed Robbery Arest

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2014 6:12 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery Arest

Report #: 14-020394 / 14-020395

Date: Monday, 2/24/2014

Time: 3:15 PM

Location: Laurel / St. Edwards

On February 20th two separate armed robberies occurred at the 7-11 on W. Curtis and the Quick Stop on Williams road. During the investigation Salinas Police Detectives identified David Hernandez (20), as the suspect. Today Hernandez, a known gang member was arrested without incident, and lodged at the Monterey County Jail with a $500,000 bail.





Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2014 2:36 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 14-021100

Date: Sunday, 2/23/2014

Time: 8:49 PM

Location: 1100 block of North Sanborn Rd

At approximately 8:50 pm Officers from the Salinas Police Department responded to the 1100 block of North Sanborn for a victim of a shooting. Upon arrival they found two 16 year old male victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Both were transported to local hospitals. A third 18 year old male victim was transported by private vehicle to a local hospital. All 3 victims are listed in serious but stable condition.  Two suspects were seen running from the area after the shots were fired, and this incident is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Mike Rivera at 831-758-7971 or Detective Dale Fors at 831-758-7124.  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

Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/23/2014 12:32 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Report #: 14-021053

Date: Saturday, 2/22/2014

Time: 8:42 PM

Location: Towt Street and Freedom Parkway

Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Oso Court regarding a victim of a shooting. Upon arrival officers contacted the victim who had sustained several gunshot wounds to his lower legs. The wound did not appear to be life threatening. The victim was walking by himself in the area of Towt Street and Freedom Parkway.  A blue 4 door car pulled up and two suspects shot multiple times at him.  The case is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession of Marijuana on School Grounds & Possession of Marijuana for Sale

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2014  1:55 PM

Incident: Possession of Marijuana on School Grounds & Possession of Marijuana for Sale

Report #: 14-020961

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 1:36 PM

Location: North Salinas High School

In the past week, several students at North Salinas High School have displayed signs of being under the influence of marijuana while at school.  In the five cases, the students told school officials they had ingested cookies laced with marijuana.  On Thursday, February 20th, Salinas Police was notified of a student in the office who was in possession of a suspected marijuana-laced cookie.  Police investigation led to the arrest of three female students for possession of marijuana on school grounds and possession for sales.  It is believed the three students were selling marijuana-laced cookies to fellow students on campus.  Investigation is still continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 2/20/2014 7:19 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-020935

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 2:59 AM

Location: 339 Williams Rd / Quick Stop

The suspect HMA, confronted the clerk outside of the business and ordered him at gun point back into the business. Once inside, the suspect jumped over the counter and had the clerk open the register. While the clerk was trying to open the register, the suspect struck the him in the head with the gun. The clerk was able to open the register and the suspect took an unknown amount of money from the til. The suspect was last seen running into the alley behind the store.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery- Business

Release Date/Time: 2/20/2014 4:29 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-020935

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 2:42 AM

Location: 1305 N. Main St / 7-11

HMA suspect entered the 7-11 at Curts and N. Main and stood by the counter until the clerk walked behind then counter. As soon as the clerk reached the register, the suspect pulled a dark colored semi auto handgun from his sweatshirt pocket and jumped over the counter. The suspect said, "give me your money, fool." The clerk opened the register and then the suspect struck the clerk on the right side of his head with the gun causing a severe laceration and knocking the clerk out. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the register and then fled the store running west on W. Curtis St. HMA described as, 20 to 21 year old, black hooded sweatshirt, blue pants. We are waiting for the video. Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Traffic Collision update

Release Date/Time: 2/19/2014 10:05 AM

Incident: Traffic Collision update

Report #: 14-020185

Date: Wednesday, 2/19/2014

Time: 10:09 AM

Location: East Laurel Drive / North Sanborn Road

On February 4th, Christina Pimentel was struck by a vehicle while crossing East Laurel Drive near North Sanborn Road. She had been life-flighted to San Jose Regional Medical Center. On February 8th, at 1700 hours, Pimentel was pronounced deceased due to the injuries suffered from the traffic collision. This collision is still under investigation. At this time it is not anticipated that there will be any criminal charges against the driver. This was the 2nd fatal vehicle collision in Salinas this year.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2014 11:49 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-020736

Date: Sunday, 2/16/2014

Time: 6:21 PM

Location: 1100 Block of Eagle Dr

Two brothers, 19 and 11, were standing in front of their house when a Hispanic male in his teens approached them. He said something to the victims, but they could not be sure what. The suspect pulled out a handgun and fired one time at the brothers. The shot grazed the 19 year-old's back and hit the 11 year-old in his upper arm. The bullet went clean through the boys arm. Both victims were treated locally with non-life threatening injuries. No suspect information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2014 11:33 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-020741

Date: Sunday, 2/16/2014

Time: 9:18 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington

Two men, one 25 and the other 22, were standing in front of apartment an apartment when 3-4 Hispanic males approached them. One victim saw that at least one of the suspects was holding a handgun, so he just turned and ran. Multiple shots were fired and one victim was hit several times in his pelvic area and the other was hit in both of his lower legs. No words were exchanged prior to the shooting.

All three of the suspects may have been armed with handguns and involved in the shooting.

Nobody was able to say where the suspects fled after the shooting as everyone was taking cover, or trying to get away.

The victim that was hit in the pelvic area was flown to a bay area hospital and the victim hit in the legs was treated locally. This is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felony Child Abuse, Battery

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2014 4:06 PM

Incident: Felony Child Abuse, Battery

Report #: 14-020725

Date: Sunday, 2/16/2014

Time: 1:10 PM

Location: N. Main St. / Boronda Rd

Deigo Edeza (23) was jogging Southbound on N. Main St. at Boronda Rd. A 19-year old male and his 5-year old brother were walking Northbound on N. Main St and began to pass Edeza. For unknown reasons, Edeza stopped and spit on the 19-year old. Words were exchanged so Edeza spit on the victim again and then kicked the 5-year old in the abdomen causing the child to fall backward into traffic. The child was able to get to his feet and get to the sidewalk before he was struck by passing cars. He was not injured and based on witness statements, it appears the attack was unprovoked. Edeza was booked into Monterey County Jail for felony Child Abuse and Battery.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250