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Vehicle Pursuit - Felony DUI - Gang Case

Release Date/Time: 3/12/2016 12:48 AM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit - Felony DUI - Gang Case

Report #: 16-03-0540

Date: Friday, 3/11/2016

Time: 9:21 PM

Location: Kern St / E. Market St.

A 26-year-old man, was driving on Kern St. when he was cut off by a Black Camaro and blew his horn. The Camaro began tailgating him as he drove to the dead end of Kern Street. The man pulled into the reception area of the Holiday Inn hoping the occupants of the Camaro would move on, but they remained in the dead end and began "spinning donuts" in an attempt to intimidate him. The Camaro eventually moved on and the man drove southbound on Kern. As he reached the McDonald the Camaro pulled out in front of him and blocked his path. The occupant exited the vehicle and approached his vehicle yelling and throwing gang signs. The man backed up and drove around them, called 911, and pulled into the Arco gas station. A nearby officer arrived on scene and attempted an enforcement stop on the suspect vehicle. The Camaro took off at a high rate of speed spinning its tires and drove southbound on Kern. The Camaro passed two cars on Kern and tried to make the left turn on to Market and lost control careening into the Shell gas station striking the concrete center pillar resulting is severe damage to the vehicle and airbag deployment. Three of the occupants fled on foot, the driver, Ramon Nunez (25), was taken into custody after having to be tased. The front passenger, a 17-year-old male, and rear passenger Jesus Lopez (18), also fled on foot but were captured shortly thereafter. The fourth occupant, Ivan Alcala (19), remained in the vehicle.

The driver, Nunez, was cited for felony DUI as a result of injuries sustained by one of his passengers, and was booked in County Jail with additional charges including evading arrest, challenging to fight, and gang enhancements. The remaining three were issued citations pending court appearance for charges including resisting arrest, challenging to fight, and gang enhancements.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Hit and Run/ Power Outage

Release Date/Time: 3/11/2016 12:08 AM

Incident: Hit and Run/ Power Outage

Report #: 16 03 0497

Date: Thursday, 3/10/2016

Time: 8:59 PM

Location: N. Sanborn Rd/ Circle Dr.

A solo vehicle collision resulted in the loss of power to approximately 1,200 customers in East Salinas. A 29-year-old male lost control of his vehicle and collided with a power pole near N. Sanborn Road and Circle Drive. The driver fled on foot from the scene of the collision but was located by officers a few hours later and admitted he was the driver. The case was submitted to the DA's Office for review for prosecution of hit and run.

 

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession of Assault Weapon by Felon

Release Date/Time: 3/9/2016 1:41 PM

Incident: Possession of Assault Weapon by Felon

Report #: 16-030379

Date: Tuesday, 3/8/2016

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: 1700 block of 1st Ave

A Salinas Police Department patrol officer received information that Ramon Berlanga (40) was building AR-15 rifles and altering them into full-auto capability. The officer authored a search warrant and a team of SPD officers served the warrant. Berlanga was detained along with his parents.  One AR-15 was located along with over 600 rounds of .223 caliber rifle ammo and different types of gun power. Berlanga was lodged at Monterery County Jail for a variety of felony charges including felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. The firearm is being inspected to determine if it is fully automatic and additional charges could be filed if found to be true.

Release Authorized by: Commander S. Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle Pursuit/ Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/9/2016 12:44 AM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle Pursuit/ Resisting Arrest

Report #: 16-03 0380

Date: Wednesday, 3/9/2016

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Murphy Street/ Romie Lane/ Los Palos Drive

Officers located an occupied stolen vehicle in the area of Murphy Street and when they attempted to stop the vehicle a short vehicle pursuit ensued. The suspect, 48-year-old Luis Perez, lost control of the vehicle in the area of E. Romie Lane and Los Palos Drive. Perez deliberately rammed one of the officers' police vehicles and when he realized his vehicle would no longer function he fled on foot. The officers chased Perez on foot and he was arrested after a struggle. One officer was injured as a result of the struggle; he was treated at a local hospital and was released.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing/ Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 3/8/2016 11:59 PM

Incident: Stabbing/ Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 03 0385

Date: Tuesday, 3/8/2016

Time: 8:47 PM

Location: Chinatown - Bridge St. / Market Way

A 31-year-old male was stabbed during a fight near the area of Bridge Street and E. Market way. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 6 feet, thin build, wearing dark clothing. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. The victim was transported to an area hospital and is being treated for potentially life threating injuries.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 3/8/2016 12:59 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 03 0331

Date: Tuesday, 3/8/2016

Time: 09:01 PM

Location: 1100 Block of N. Main St

A business on the 1100 block of N. Main Street was robbed at gun point last night. Two store clerks were present, one of which hid in the bathroom during the robbery. The lone suspect was armed with a handgun and stole an undisclosed amount of money, and ran out of the business in an unknown direction.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult in in his mid 20's, thin build, wearing dark clothing, a ski type mask, and armed with a handgun.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary of Occupied Home

Release Date/Time: 3/7/2016 8:12 PM

Incident: Burglary of Occupied Home

Report #: 16 03 0315

Date: Monday, 3/7/2016

Time: 01:47 PM

Location: 18000 Block of Lohman Street

A 19 year-old male was home alone upstairs in his residence on the 18000 block of Lohman Street when he heard strange sounds downstairs. He investigated the sounds and saw two people breaking into his home. The victim hid under his bed and contacted family members who then called police. Nearby family arrived at the home before officers and chased the suspects away. A Responding officer captured one of the suspects a couple of blocks away and found him in possession of property taken from the home. The second suspect was seen by a family member on a nearby street and was stopped and detained by officers. Both suspects, a 16 and 17 year-old male, were arrested and transported to the Police Department. The suspects were issued citations for Burglary and released to their parents pending a court date. The stolen property was recovered.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing & Vehicle pursuit

Release Date/Time: 3/4/2016 12:46 PM

Incident: Stabbing, Carjacking & Vehicle pursuit

Date: Thursday, 3/3/2016

Time: 10:54 PM

Location: 250 N. Madeira Ave (Cesar Chavez Park)

Officer Responded to Cesar Chavez Park on N. Madeira regarding a stabbing that took place.  When Officers arrived they contacted a 27-year-old male victim who had been stabbed in the lower torso.  Victim reported while seated in his vehicle near the park he was contacted by a male, identified as Isidro Diaz (24), who approached from the park asking, 'Where you from.”  When victim tried to moved away from Diaz, Diaz stabbed victim in the lower torso and then drove away with victim's vehicle.

Less than 10 minutes after police arrival, CHP spotted the victims vehicle driven/stolen by Diaz northbound on US101 at Vierra Canyon Road. When CHP attempted to stop the vehicle Diaz led CHP on a vehicle pursuit though north Monterey County and into San Benito County.  Diaz finally drove off the road and into a ditch where he was caught and arrested by CHP.

Victim was treated at a local hospital and later released.  Victims injuries do not appear to be life threatening.  Diaz was later booked at Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Officer Recruitment - Now Open

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting an informative orientation for individuals who are interested in becoming Salinas Police Officers.  This orientation will allow interested candidates an opportunity to learn about the department, recruitment, and the hiring process.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

City Hall, Rotunda

200 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, CA  93901

The Police Recruit position is now open and will close April 6, 2016.  Those interested are encouraged to apply through CalOpps at https://www.calopps.org/ViewAgencyJob.cfm?ID=25002&kw=  Questions can be directed to Sgt. Kim Robinson at (831) 758-7120 or Salinas Human Resources at (831) 758-7254.

 

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/1/2016 1:24 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 16 - 02 1542

Date: Monday, 2/29/2016

Time: 9:16 PM

Location: 2100 Block of N. Main Street

A store clerk at a business on the 2100 block of N. Main Street reported someone shooting in the store parking lot. Officers responded to the area and found a stolen vehicle in the parking lot that had been struck by gun fire. The business had also been struck by rounds of gunfire, however, there were no injuries. The investigation revealed there had been some kind of dispute in the parking lot resulting in the shots fired. All of the suspects involved fled the area and abandoned the stolen vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed indicia consistent with drug sales.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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