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Burglary/ Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/5/2016 4:09 AM

Incident: Burglary/ Homicide

Date: Thursday, 2/4/2016

Time: 6:58 PM

Location: 1900 Block of Cabernet Wy

A 45 year old homeowner and his three children arrived home just prior to 7PM.  Upon entering the home they were confronted by two males who were in the process of burglarizing the home.  The males then physically attacked the victim and the fight spilled to just outside the front door.  While one of the subjects fled on foot to a small car parked nearby, the other continued to fight the victim attempting to strangle him.  The victim fought back in an effort to protect himself and the children and at some point during the fight, the suspect went limp, allowing the victim to retreat to back into then home and call 911.  The suspect on scene was unresponsive when officers arrived and CPR was initiated.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased; the cause of death is pending autopsy results.  After consultation with the Monterey County District Attorneys Office this case is currently being investigated as a case of potential self-defense and the homeowner was not taken into custody.  The name of the deceased is pending a positive identification and notice to next of kin.  We are currently investigating this case as a homicide as a death occurred during the commission of a felony crime. 

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276, or Detective Roman at (831) 758-7913.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Super Bowl extra patrols

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2016 3:06 PM

Incident: Super Bowl extra patrols

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 2/4/2016

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Game Plan for Super Bowl 50: Are You Drinking or Are You Driving? This is NOT the Time for an Option Play

The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, February 7, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That's why the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Office of Traffic Safety and law enforcement officials statewide are urging football fans to call the play now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

Police Departments throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrol specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game. NHTSA's Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.

Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. According to 2014 data, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States – 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation, with crashes spiking on the weekends. California's 2014 data reveals that 882 individuals were killed in DUI crashes. A driver is legally considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. The use of drugs and other factors can lead to arrest or crashes at much lower alcohol levels. This February 7, don't become a tragic Super Bowl stat – Fans Don't Let fans Drive Drunk.

'People should not be dying and suffering injuries from drunk drivers,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross 'With a little planning it can all be prevented. Remember; it's a choice. Drink or drive. Don't do both.”

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, ride share or public transportation.

The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life. If you're hosting a Super Bowl 50 party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins. One way to thank your designated driver is by tweeting us their name during Super Bowl 50, which will appear on NHTSA's Wall of Fame. If you're the designated driver, be sure to tweet us your name during Super Bowl 50, and make NHTSA's Wall of Fame! These operations are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911' if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

On February 3, 2016, at approximately 10:00 pm, Edgar Navarro, age 28, was standing in front of the Wash N' Dry Laundromat, located at 341 Williams Rd.  He was approached by an unknown Hispanic male, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The suspect had walked from Grandhaven St., in a northerly direction, through the parking lot to Navarro's location. Without saying anything, the suspect raised a firearm and began shooting at Navarro. Navarro was struck several times and was gravely injured. The suspect fled back onto Grandhaven St. and ran westbound. It is unknown whether the suspect got into a vehicle or continued running to make his escape. Officers and medical personnel attempted first aid but Navarro was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

 

Navarro was a resident of Salinas and lived in the area of the shooting. Navarro was a documented gang member but had not had any contact with the Salinas Police Department for almost a year. He was known to hang out in the area of the laundromat and convenience store next door, on a regular basis. The motive for the shooting is unknown but it does appear to be gang related. This is the third homicide in Salinas this year.

 

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929 or Detective Murphy at (831) 758-7322. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

2016 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from March 10th through May 26th, 2016. The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on May 26th, 2016.

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigations Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Thursday, February 25th 2016. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or invovled in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 - 30 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application. Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to [email protected] Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department front desk.

If you have questions, feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 831-758-7247.

Update on Homicide

On January 26, 2016, at approximately 8:32 pm, Salinas Police officers responded to the 1200 block of Nogal Dr. for a victim of shooting. At the time of the shooting, a Salinas Police officer was around the corner on Las Casitas Dr. on an unrelated call. The officer heard the shots and immediately ran to the area of the shooting. He did not see anyone on foot nor a vehicle fleeing the area. The officer found the victim laying on the sidewalk and provided medical care until fire and ambulance personnel arrived. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

 

At the time, the victim had no identification on his person and his identity was unknown. Through fingerprints and contact with the family, the victim has been identified as 20 year-old Carlos Esteban Alfaro. Alfaro was a resident of Salinas and lived near the area of the shooting. Alfaro appears to have been walking on the sidewalk in the area of the 1200 block of Nogal Dr. when he was confronted by unknown suspect(s). For unknown reasons, Alfaro was shot multiple times. Alfaro has no known history with the Salinas Police Department. The motive for the shooting is unknown. This is the second homicide in Salinas in 2016.

 

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Possession of a gun, narcotics and gang enhancements

Release Date/Time: 1/29/2016 9:07 AM

Incident: Possession of a gun, narcotics

Report #: 16-011487

Date: Thursday, 1/28/2016

Time: 11:10 AM

Location: Griffin St / E. Alisal St (Arco Gas Station)

Officers were working traffic enforcement and stopped Joseph Cienega (30) for not wearing his seat belt. Cienega's license was suspended and when asked to exit his car, he became combative. A struggle ensued between Cienega and the officers, during which, the grip to a handgun was seen in Cienega's waistband. Cienega fought with officers and was eventually subdued after one of the officers deployed his Taser. The firearm Cienega possessed was recovered and determined to be an unregistered, semi-automatic 9mm that was fully loaded with a 14-round magazine. Cienega was not injured, nor were any of the officers. He was transported to the Monterey County Jail. During a search of his person, over 5 grams of tar heroin was found in his pocket. Cienega was charged with bringing narcotics into a custodial facility, being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancements.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update to fatal traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 1/28/2016 8:26 AM

Incident: Update to fatal traffic collision

Report #: 16-011333

Date: Thursday, 1/28/2016

Time: 8:17 AM

Location: North Main Street / Harden Parkway

On January 25th, at about 9:15pm, a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing North Main Street near Harden Parkway. Initially the woman's identity was not known. She has been identified as Kathleen Risler, age 64 from Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Missing Person

The Salinas Police Department is asking for help locating a missing person with suspicious circumstances. Family members of Paulino Guzman III came to the Salinas Police Department to report him missing. It appears the last time Guzman was seen or heard from was on December 12, 2015. At the time, he was in good spirits with no known plans to leave town. Guzman is an 18-year-old Hispanic male, 5'10” tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs. He has the letters 'es” tattooed near his left eye and Aztec numerals tattooed near his right eye.

Anyone who may have seen or heard from Guzman, or may have information on his whereabouts, is asked to contact Detective Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or the Investigations Division at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411". A photograph of Guzmanis available to media outlets upon request.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2016 12:55 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-011398

Date: Tuesday, 1/26/2016

Time: 8:32 PM

Location: 1000 Block Nogal Dr

On January 26, 2016, at approximately 8:32 pm, officers responded to the 1000 block of Nogal Dr. for a victim of shooting. Upon arrival they found a male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical attention was provided by arriving officers and medical personnel. The male was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

The male appears to have been walking on the sidewalk when several shots were fired and the victim was struck. No witnesses have come forward at this time. The motive for the shooting is unknown. We are trying to determine the identity of the victim. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Brian Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

ID of victim of fatal collision

Release Date/Time: 1/26/2016 3:40 PM

Incident: ID of victim of fatal collision

Report #: 16-011137

Date: Tuesday, 1/26/2016

Time: 3:29 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

On January 21st a 44-year-old male was driving recklessly on North Sanborn Road when he struck another vehicle causing moderate damage. The man then appeared to be fleeing the scene of the collision westbound on the Laurel Extension at a very high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle. He drove off of the road and struck a retaining wall at Natividad Medical Center where he died from injuries from the collision. The driver has been identified as Armando Vega Vasquez of Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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