Press Releases

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/23/2013 7:43 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 13-111042

Date: Saturday, 11/23/2013

Time: 2:27 AM

Location: McDonald's - 608 Williams Rd.

Officers reponded to the McDonald's for a report of a possible robbery. Two Salinas officers arrived within a minute of the call and began to approach the restaurant, which was open for business.  As one of the officers appoached the front glass doors, the suspect saw him and pointed a handgun at him.  The officer immediately stepped behind cover and the suspect ran toward the drive-thru window and jumped out.  He then ran across Williams Rd. towards Wiren St.  As additional officers responded to the area, the suspect robbed a male and female who were in their vehicle on Bardin Circle.  The suspect demanded money and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  According to witnesses and other evidence, the suspect threw a large rock through the drive-thru window.  He then made entry through the window carrying a black backpack. He is described as a male adult in his mid 30's, 5' 3" - 5' 5", medium build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black beanie, and some type of ski googles.  The suspect had obtained an undisclosed amount of cash and was preparing to leave when he saw the first responding officers.  The suspect in this case matches the description of the one who previously robbed two other McDonald's restaurants in Salinas. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 11/23/2013 7:23 PM

Incident: Fatal traffic collision

Report #: 13-111060

Date: Saturday, 11/23/2013

Time: 4:14 PM

Location: Constitution Blvd. / Beacon Hill Drive

Petronio Yasay, 79, was riding his mountain bike e/b on Beacon Hill Drive. The preliminary investigation showed that Yasay ran the stop sign before crossing Constitution Blvd. Maria Serrano, 37, was driving s/b in the #1 lane of Constitution Blvd. in her 2000 Chevy Suburban. The left/front of the Suburban struck the rear tire of the bicycle as the bicycle crossed in front of the Suburban. Yasay was thrown on top of the hood before landing in the street. He suffered a major head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene. The sun was setting directly in front of Serrano and may have been a contributing factor. It does not appear that drugs or alcohol were involved. The investigation in on going.

This is the 11th traffic fatality in Salinas this year. That ties the 11 fatalities in 2011 which was the most fatalities ever in Salinas. This is the first Bicycle vs. Vehicle fatality of the year. There have been 6 pedestrian deaths, two motorcycle deaths, one vehicle vs. vehicle death and one solo vehicle death.

For further information you may contact the investigating officer, Traffic Officer Jeff Munoz at (831) 758-7980

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

 

Murder, Felony hit & run, Felony DUI w/ Injury, Suspended license

Release Date/Time: 11/21/2013 2:13 AM

Incident: Murder, Felony hit & run, Felony DUI w/ Injury, Suspended license

Report #: 13-110951

Date: Wednesday, 11/20/2013

Time: 7:12 PM

Location: East Laurel Drive / Constitution Blvd.

Victim 1, had been brought in to NMC a few hours earlier and was found to be intoxicated. At approximately 7 PM she was released. She began walking from the emergency room toward the above listed intersection. Victim 2 saw that Victim 1 forgot her backpack and went after her to return it. Victim 1 made it to E. Laurel Dr. and tried to flag down cars for a ride. She tried to open the door to a black SUV that was stopped in the left turn lane facing e/b on East Laurel Drive. The SUV took off and Victim 1 fell to the ground in the #1 lane. Seeing this, Victim 2 ran out into the roadway to assist Victim 1. She knelt down next to her to provide aid. A white Ford Taurus driven by Francisco Miranda Jr., 23, was traveling e/b in the #1 lane at about 45 mph. Miranda struck both women. He ran over Victim 1 and knocked Victim 2 about 45 feet away. Miranda then ran over Victim 2 before fleeing the scene. Both women were transported to NMC within minutes but both died from their injuries. Miranda's mother was called by a witness and then went to the scene where officers convinced her to call Miranda and have him return to the scene. Miranda reeked of marijuana as did the car. Miranda was found to have been driving under the influence of marijuana. Miranda had two prior DUI convictions this year. During each of these convictions the judge read him the admonition that he could be charged with murder if he continued to drive under the influence and killed someone. Miranda admitted to smoking and submitted to a blood test. He was booked on two counts of Murder, two counts of Felony Hit & Run, Driving Under the Influence, Driving on a Suspended License and a violation of probation.

The Salinas Police Department is asking for any witnesses that may have been in the area at the above date and time to call Motor Officer J. Munoz at 831-758-7980.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

UPDATE to double fatal pedestrian / vehicle accident

This is an update to the fatal vehicle collision that killed 2 women near the intersection of E. Laurel Dr. and Constitution Blvd in Salinas on 11-20-13.

Cynthia Lane, 57, is the female that was released from NMC and walked into the intersection and tried to get into a vehicle at the above location. After the vehicle drove off, Lane fell to the ground. Security guard Linda Rascon Williams, 24, saw Lane fall and ran out to help her. Both women were hit by a vehicle driven by Francisco Miranda, 23. Both Lane and Williams died as a result of being hit by Miranda's vehicle.

Francisco Miranda had 2 prior DUI's this year, making this his 3rd DUI. He was booked into Monterey County Jail for 2 counts of Murder, Felony Driving under the Influence of a Controlled Substance, Felony Hit and Run and Driving on a Suspended License.

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 11/18/2013 8:39 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 13-110831

Date: Monday, 11/18/2013

Time: 6:48 PM

Location: Cortez St. & Mae Ave.

A 24 year old male victim was seated with another male in a vehicle on Cortez St. near the intersection with Mae Ave.  He was looking down when he heard the sound of a vehicle door open.  The victim then heard shots fired and was struck sevaral times through the driver's side door.  He received several non-life threatening gunshot wounds to the lower half of his body.  A gold colored Honda was seen driving away on Cortez St. towards Towt St.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area trauma center for treatment.  At this time, there is no additional suspect information.  Although the victim did not appear to be a gang member, the suspect's status is not known.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary, Providing False Information, & Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2013 7:13 PM

Incident: Burglary, Providing False Information, & Violation of Probation

Report #: 13-110765

Date: Sunday, 11/17/2013

Time: 4:09 PM

Location: Jurassic Pets - 923 S. Main St.

Officers were called to the Park Row area on S. Main St. for a report of a male with a hammer acting suspiciously.  During the area check, Salvador Barone, 21, was seen running away on Hawthorne St.  Officers contacted Barone and learned from a witness he threw an item into some bushes before being spotted by officers.  A search revealed it was a donation box, containing money for the SPCA.  The donation box was later confirmed to have been inside Jurassic Pets on S. Main St.  Barone had been seen inside the business a few moments earlier.  In addition, the hammer Barone had was located in some nearby bushes.  He was arrested and booked into the County Jail for the burglary, providing false information about his identity, and violation of probation.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing & Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2013 11:34 PM

Incident: Stabbing & Robbery

Report #: 13-110777

Date: Sunday, 11/17/2013

Time: 9:51 PM

Location: Los Padres Apartments - John St. & N. Sanborn Rd.

A 19 year old male was walking through the Los Padres Apartments when he was approached by several males. One of the individuals brandished a knife and asked the victim what he claimed. When the victim said he was not involved in gangs, the suspect swung the knife and cut the victim on the left forearm. The suspect then demanded money, and the victim gave him $100 before running away. The victim sustained a deep laceration to his forearm.  He was treated and released at a local hospital. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s wearing a red hat and a red shirt. There was no further description of the others.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 11/16/2013 11:47 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-110720
Date: Saturday, 11/16/2013
Time: 9:07 AM
Location: 101 Bardin - Gissill Salon

A suspect described as a Hispanic male adult, early 20's, black hooded jacket, with a bandana covering his face entered the business with a black, possibly a semi-automatic handgun. He ordered the victims to give him their money.  An undetermined amount of money was stolen.  He was last seen running on Bardin Road toward Cross Avenue. Investigation continues...

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle v. Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 11/14/2013 5:18 PM

Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 13-110654

Date: Thursday, 11/14/2013

Time: 3:02 PM

Location: Williams Rd. and Grandhaven Ave.

On November 14, 2013, at approximately 3:00 pm, a 32 yr. old mother and her 7 yr. old daughter were attempting to cross Williams Rd. at Grandhaven Ave. They were in the crosswalk and waited for southbound traffic to stop. The vehicles in the #2 lane (closest to the sidewalk) stopped, allowing the pedestrians to cross. The victims started to cross the street but did not notice a vehicle, going 35 mph, travelling in the #1 lane (closest to the center) was not going to stop. The driver, Mareo Viniegra (56), was unable to stop and struck both victims. The victims travelled approximately 45 ft. before landing in the center lane of Williams Rd. Both were transported to a local hospital and treated for unknown injuries. The injuries did not appear to be life threatening and at the time of this release, their conditions are unknown.  Viniegra was cited for a suspended license and released from the scene.

The accident was captured on video from a nearby store and is being released as a graphic example of the dangers of not paying attention while driving.  With the recent increase in vehicle/pedestrian accidents, the Salinas Police Department is asking drivers to be aware of your surroundings, especially when approaching crosswalks.  Pedestrains must also be aware that even if you are in a crosswalk, please be aware and look out for vehicles that may not see you.

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Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Patrol Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 11/14/2013 11:15 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 13-110677

Date: Thursday, 11/14/2013

Time: 11:54 PM

Location: 319 E. Market - Smart & Final

Two males wearing hoodies entered Smart & Final on E. Market St.  One of the subjects pointed a handgun and forced an employee to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash.  After receiving the money, the suspects fled the store in an unknown direction.  They were described as Hispanic males in their 20s, wearing black hoodies, and blue jeans. They were about 5'6" to 5'8" tall, with thin to medium builds. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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