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Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/13/2015 9:21 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-011070

Date: Tuesday, 1/13/2015

Time: 5:54 PM

Location: 627 E. Market St.

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting. They found 17 year old  Cesar Gonzalez deceased from a gunshot wound. Witnesses saw a gray van stop in front of the house.  Several shots were fired in the direction of the house before the van sped away.  The van was last seen westbound on East Market St. before it made a northbound turn onto Carr Ave.  It is the believed the van was occupied by three suspects who were all dressed in dark clothing.

This homicide occurred during peak traffic times and we believe that numerous people may have seen the van stopped in the roadway.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for anyone who may have seen the van to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 758-7137 or Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 758-7127.  

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Missing Person Located

On 1/10/15, Brenda Sedano (14) was reported missing. Salinas Police detectives coordinated with several law enforcement agencies and this afternoon, Brenda was located in Avenal, CA. She was uninjured and appeared to have been missing voluntarily. Brenda has been returned to her family.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/11/2015 2:39 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-010474

Date: Saturday, 1/10/2015

Time: 10:09 PM

Location: North Main and E. Lake St

On Saturday, January 10th at approximately 10:00 pm Officers responded to the intersection of North Main and E. Lake St. on a report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they found Dexter Barnett Sr. (42) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however Barnett died at the scene.  

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for any witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127 or Detective Kristine Fairbanks at 831-758-7322.  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 Murder-Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/10/2015 12:29 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting

Report #: 15-010441

Date: Saturday, 1/10/2015

Time: 10:08 PM

Location: Bermuda St / Rider Ave

A 20-year old man was stopped at the intersection of Bermuda St at Rider Ave and saw a grey Mitsubishi Galant or Ford Focus parked nearby. The victim saw muzzle flashes coming from the grey car and his windshield began shattering. The victim ducked and sped away on Rider Ave as the suspect continued to fire. Ten large caliber casings were found at the scene and the victim's car sustained 10 strikes. 7 hit the windshield, 2 struck the side and one hit the rear tail light. Officers on-scene of the earlier homicide on Holly St  heard the gunshots at 2208 hours. The victim has no gang ties and the motive is unknown. The suspect car matches the one used in the attempted murder from last night. Officers are actively searching for the suspect car and Salinas Police are asking anyone with information to call.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/10/2015 12:17 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-010435

Date: Friday, 1/9/2015

Time: 8:24 PM

Location: 700 block of Holly St

Officers responded to the 700 block of Holly St on a report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they found Jose Delores Salazar (43) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however despite their efforts Salazar died at the scene. It appears as though Salazar was walking near his residence when he was confronted by three suspects dressed in black, one of whom pulled out a handgun and shot Salazar multiple times. The suspects were seen running from the scene. This Homicide is believed to be gang related.   

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Ken Schwener at 831-758-7276 or Detective Rudy Roman at 831-7913.  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

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/9/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-010466

Date: Friday, 1/9/2015

Time: 8:41 PM

Location: O'Reilly Auto Parts, 43 S. Sanborn Rd

Two Hispanic male adults, both armed with handguns and faces covered with black bandanas entered the store. One suspect confronted the manager and demanded money from the register. The second suspect controlled the very few customers that were present. The suspects received an undetermined amount of cash and fled Southbound toward McGowan St. They were in the store for a total of one minute. The incident was captured on security cameras and officers are working on developing suspect indentities.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder-Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/9/2015 12:42 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting

Report #: 15-010401

Date: Friday, 1/9/2015

Time: 11:26 PM

Location: 100 Blk of Sherwood Dr

A 20-year old male was driving on Sherwood Dr. with a grey Mitsubishi Galant following. 2-3 shots were fired from the suspect vehicle. The victim was struck once in the shoulder but injuries are not considered life-threatening. The victim underwent surgery at a local hospital to remove the bullet and is expected to be released soon. The motive for the shooting is unknown and the victim does not appear to have gang ties. Police are asking for the public's help as no witnesses called in.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/8/2015 3:26 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-010329

Date: Wednesday, 1/7/2015

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 1600 block of Madrid St

On Thursday, 1/7/15  at approximately 9:00 pm Officers responded to a report of a man down in the 1600 block of Madrid St. On arrival they found Paul Morales Jr (25)  deceased from a gunshot wound. There is no suspect information at this time, and the Salinas Police needs the publics help. Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective David Poulin at 831-758-7270 or Detective Arlene Currier at 831-758-7125.  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: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Missing Child Located

Alexander Saavedra, who was reported missing earlier this evening has been located and is safe.  Thank you to all who helped spread the word.

Missing Child

The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing child.  Alexander Saavedra was with family members at El Dorado Park on January 6th, 2015, between 2:30 - 3:00 pm.  He was last seen walking away from the park in a northbound direction.  Alexander is 12 years old and was wearing a blue shirt with horizontal gray and yellow stripes (in photo).  He is 4'5" tall and weighs about 80 lbs.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 (Police Non-Emergency) or 758-7250 (Watch Commander).

 

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