Press Releases

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 9/15/2014 6:34 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 14-090795

Date: Monday, 9/15/2014

Time: 2:53 PM

Location: East Bernal Drive / Natividad Road

At the listed time officers responded to a traffic collision on East Bernal just west of Natividad Road. Upon arrival they found an 83-year-old WMA seated in the driver's seat deceased. His red Nissan Altima was leaning vertical against a telephone pole with the rear bumper on the ground and the front grill pointed straight up. The only visible injuries were minor and appeared to be post-mortem. The investigation showed that the driver was s/b Natividad Road when he probably suffered some type medical ailment that caused him to go unconcious and lose control of the car. Just as he began to turn right onto Bernal, the car straightened out and drove across the dirt medium for about 145' before traveling another 92' across the e/b lanes of Bernal and the sidewalk before striking the guide wire to the pole. The car went vertical and rotated to where it came to rest against the pole. It did not appear the driver tried to brake or steer to avoid the collision. The case is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/15/2014 4:56 PM

Incident: Robbery

Date: Monday, 9/15/2014

Time: 4:56 PM

Location: 108 Williams Road

Three Hispanic male suspects entered the business.  Suspect #1; early 20's, green shirt with a yellow skull picture on the front and camo pants, #2; white hat, white long sleeve button up shirt, large belt buckle, gray pants, carrying a black semi-auto handgun, #3; 30's, black jacket, black SF hat, black Jordan shoes and blue jeans. Suspect #1 distracted the clerk while suspect  #2 walked around the register to the clerk.  Suspect #2 brandished the handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  Suspect #3 acted as the lookout. Undetermined amount of cash was taken.  The suspects fled the area on foot in an unknown direction.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for the communities assistance in identifyinig the suspects.  Anyone recognizing the suspects is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321 or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-76-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Crd. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271

Attempted Murder/Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2014 12:58 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder/Shooting

Report #: 14-090712

Date: Saturday, 9/13/2014

Time: 11:15 PM

Location: Curtis and Rodeo

A 23 year old male was walking in the area of Curtis and Rodeo when a vehicle, occupied by 2 or 3, drove up. One of the occupants shot multiple times, then drove away. The victim was transported by private vehicle to a local hospital for treatment from a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  This is believed to be gang related.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Annoy/Molest Children arrest

Yesterday, 9-1-14, an 8 year old boy was in a bathroom at Northridge Mall when a male, wearing dark clothing with a Batman logo on it, attempted to lure him into a bathroom stall.  Northridge Mall was able to obtain video of the suspect and still photos were later released to the media.  A Monterey County Probation Officer recognized the subject as Kevin Rodney Gray (34) and called salinas Police with the information.  Detectives were unsucessful in locating Gray throughout the day and other citizen tips came in identifying Gray as the suspect from the Mall incident.  At approxiamtely 1745 hrs, Gray arrived at the Police Department stating he knew police were wanting to talk to him.  Gray was taken into custody and later lodged into MoCo jail for Annoying or molesting children and violation of probation.  Gray is curently on probation for a similar offense involving chidren and is a registered sex offender.

Annoy/ Molest a Child

Release Date/Time: 9/2/2014 11:37 AM

Incident:  Annoy/ Molest a Child

Date: Monday, 9/1/2014

Time: 7:42 PM

Location:  796 N. Main Street (Northridge Mall)

On September 1, 2014 an 8 year old child eneterd a public restroom at Northridge Mall.  When he entered he was contacted by the pictured male suspect who was standing in one of the stalls with the door open.  The suspect engaged the child in conversation about the child's age.  The suspect then attempted to lure the child into the stall with him.  The child became scared and ran out of the restroom to contact his mother who was waiting just outside.  The child relayed what had happened and the mother confronted the supect as he exited the restroom.  The suspect fled before security could be notified.  In reviewing security camera footage the suspect was last seen crossing N. Main in an easterly direction.  The child was not touched or injured.

The suspect is described as a white or light complected hispanic male adult, approximately 25 years old, 6'1", 200 lbs., with blonde hair and unknown colored eyes.  He was wearing a black and yellow hoodie with a Batman logo on it, a black t-shirt with a yellow Batman logo on the front, black shorts, white socks and black shoes.  He has both ears pierced with Batman earrings or plugs and was wearing tinted glasses.

The Salinas Police Department is working closely with Northridge Security to determine the suspect's movements at the mall.  The Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect.  Anyone recognizing the suspect is asked to cotnact Detective Kristine Fairbanks at 831-758-7322 or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME. 

Release Authorized by:  Crd. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

DUI, Hit and Run, Threats to a Peace Officer

Release Date/Time: 9/1/2014 8:56 AM

Incident: DUI, Hit and Run, Threats to a Peace Officer

Report #: 14-081518

Date: Sunday, 8/31/2014

Time: 11:49 PM

Location: Independence Blvd / Nantucket Blvd

Omar Munoz (25) was driving his '87 Chevy pick-up Northbound on Independence Blvd at a high rate of speed. Munoz ran the stop sign at the intersection of Nantucket Blvd as the driver of a 2014 Chevy Silverado began to enter the intersection from Nantucket. The victim driver was able to stop before being broadsided but Munoz clipped the front end of the victim vehicle, which caused Munoz to lose control of his truck. Munoz's truck rolled over and then struck two trees before stopping. The truck was totaled. Witnesses saw Munoz run from his truck and flee along the creek bed nearby. Officers located Munoz at a relative's home in the 700 block of Danbury St. He had superficial injuries from the collision and was covered in mud from running in the creek. Munoz became extremely violent when officers tried to arrest him. A protracted physical altercation occurred before Munoz was restrained. Munoz was not injured as a result of the arrest but one officer did sustain abrasions from being thrown into a weight-lifting set. Munoz was taken to Natividad Medical Center for a blood draw and medical clearance prior to being booked into the Monterey County Jail. He was charged with DUI, misdemeanor Hit and Run and threatening a police officer.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pursuit, hit and run, DUI

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2014 11:19 AM

Incident: Pursuit, hit and run, DUI

Report #: 14-081213

Date: Tuesday, 8/26/2014

Time: 9:20 AM

Location: W. Alisal St. / Fairfax Cir.

A traffic officer on a motorcycle tried to stop a black GMC Sierra pick-up for vehicle code violations. Emmanuel Garcia (26) sped off and a pursuit was initiated, which lasted for one mile. Garcia jumped out of his truck at Belmont St and Via Maria. Garcia left the truck in gear and it collided with a parked car. Garcia jumped a fence and ran across Davis Rd into the strawberry fields. A lengthy foot chase ensued but ended when a K9 officer arrived and ordered Garcia to stop or he'd be bit. Garcia surrendered without incident. Garcia was under the influence of marijuana. He is on probation for prior DUI's and his license is suspended. His truck was impounded for 30-days and Garcia was booked into Monterey County Jail for DUI, hit and run, felony evading, violation of probation and driving on a suspended license.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Commercial Burglary Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2014 10:20 AM

Incident: Commercial Burglary Arrest

Report #: 14-081205

Date: Tuesday, 8/26/2014

Time: 5:43 AM

Location: 1300 block of Burton Ave

Officers responded to an alarm call from an auto repair business. Entry had been made and officers could hear someone inside. Jeffrey Lynn Brents (47) saw an officer on the back side of the building and ran toward the front. Brents tried to run out the front doors but he was locked inside due to a deadbolt he could not unlock. Brents used a large tool to smash a front window and then dove through the broken window into the parking lot. An officer challenged him at gunpoint but Brents took off running. A K-9 officer gave a warning to stop or he'd send the dog. Brents immediately stopped and surrendered saying he was not going to run from a K9. Brents was considered a "low-risk" offender was an early-release candidate through the AB109 prison realignment program. He is on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) parole. Brents was booked into Monterey County Jail for Commercial Burglary and parole violation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery, Stolen Vehicle

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2014 10:04 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery, Stolen Vehicle

Report #: 14-081197

Date: Monday, 8/25/2014

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: 900 blk of Acosta Plaza

Officers were dispatched to Sanborn Road & Acosta Plaza to an armed robbery in progress. The suspect, Jose Ramirez (22) entered a business in the 900 block of Acosta Plaza armed with a brick and demanded money. Ramirez took an undisclosed amount of cash and ran out of the business. Ramirez stole a Dodge Neon from the parking lot of 984 Acosta Plaza and left northbound on Sanborn Road. The victim of the robbery and the victim of the stolen car followed Ramirez and eventually flagged down an officer on Williams Rd. Ramirez exited the stolen car at Garner Ave and Williams Rd. and ran into the residential area. A perimeter was set and two police K-9's were deployed to assist with the yard to yard search. Ramirez was located by a K-9 in the yard of a home. He was hiding in a cactus. Ramirez surrendered after being confonted by the police dog. He was not bit or injured. The stolen money and vehicle were recovered and returned to the owners. Ramirez was booked into Monterey County Jail for Armed Robbery, vehicle theft and evading police.  

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Man, Under the Influence

Release Date/Time: 8/25/2014 12:42 PM

Incident: Armed Man, Under the Influence

Report #: 14-081123

Date: Sunday, 8/24/2014

Time: 2:30 PM

Location: Natividad Medical Center

Officers were dispatched to the area of Argentine Dr and Bardin Rd after callers reported a man acting strangely. The man was claiming that someone was trying to kill him and he was being chased by a subject with a rifle. The man began jumping fences through the residential area until the callers lost sight of him. The man eventually reappeared and was seen entering a green sedan. The witness told dispatch it appeared the man, later identified as Antonio Vidal Abundez Acosta (30) had carjacked the driver of the sedan. A short time later, officers located the vehicle in the Natividad Medical Center parking lot near the Mental Health Unit. A high-risk stop was conducted because officers believed this was a carjacking suspect. The driver was detained without incident and it was discovered that this man had been flagged down by Acosta near Bardin Rd. When Acosta told the driver he was being chased, the man agreed to drive him to safety. While driving away, the citizen realized that something was not quite right with Acosta so he drove to NMC and Acosta exited his car.

While officers were talking to the driver, NMC security called dispatch reporting a man with a gun was inside the hospital and threatening suicide. Acosta had run into the hospital and had a metallic object in his hand. The hospital was ordered to be locked down and numerous SPD officers and deputies from MCSO entered the facility to search for Acosta. After a lengthy search, officers could hear Acosta in a stairwell. He was screaming and striking the walls with the metal object. CIT (Critical Incident Training) Officers and officers from the Hostage Negotiation Team tried to establish dialog with Acosta from inside the stairwell. As this was occurring, NMC security called dispatch advising that none of the guards actually saw Acosta with a gun and that they did not believe he had one. Once contact was made with Acosta, officers told him to slowly walk down the stairs to them. Instead, Acosta ran down two flights of stairs and rushed the officers while still holding the metal object in his hand. Several officers were in place with both lethal and less-lethal options. The first officer to encounter Acosta could clearly see that the object in his hand was some sort of pipe with a wheel attached and not a firearm. The officer deployed his Tasers and Acosta fell to the ground where he was taken into custody without further incident. The object Acosta had been holding was a mechanical part from a pneumatic door closer assembly that Acosta had broken off a door in the hospital. The shape of the part was similar to a pistol. Acosta was not injured during the arrest but one officer sustained a slight sprain to a knee while searching multiple stairwells.

Officers eventually determined that Acosta was under the influence of narcotics. After being medically cleared, he was booked into the Monterey County Jail for several charges including being under the influence.

 

 

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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