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Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/26/2016 12:46 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Report #: 16-021299

Date: Thursday, 2/25/2016

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 1300 block of Wiren Drive

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Wiren regarding a victim of a shooting. No victim was found but it was determined that a shooting did occur at a residence in the 1300 block of Wiren. About the same time a victim arrived at Natividad Medical Center with a gunshot wound. The victim sustained a non-life threatening wound and is expected to survive. Officers are still trying to determine the motive of the shooting. There has not been much cooperation from the victim or involved parties. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unauthorized Use of Credit Card

The Salinas Police Department is looking for assistance in identifying a suspect who used a stolen credit card at several locations in Salinas.  The victim had a wallet stolen which had several credit cards inside.  After the wallet was taken a credit card from the wallet was used in Salinas.  One of the locations where the stolen credit card was used was the L'Amour Shoppe located at 323 E. Alisal St.  Surveillance video shows the subject making a purchase using the stolen credit card.   

Anyone with information on the subject pictured is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]. 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".

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Assistance in Mayhem Case

The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the suspect in an Mayhem (203 PC) case that occurred on November 21, 2015. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Hacienda Mexican Grill on N. Davis Rd. The victims, a 44-year-old male and a 24-year-old male, were confronted in the parking lot by a group of individuals. The 24-year-old was sucker punched, causing him to fall to the ground, strike his head on the concrete, rendering him unconscious. The 44-year-old was able to stop the group from hitting the 24-year-old while he was down but someone slashed the 44-year-old with a knife, across the face causing significant injury. The group fled and the victims were transported to the hospital. During the investigation, a picture of the slashing suspect was captured from a surveillance video. The picture is very grainy and detectives have been unable to identify the male.

Anyone that can assist in identifying the suspect is asked to call the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831)758-7226 or Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145. 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".

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Armed Robbery Arrests

In the first two months of 2016, Salinas saw several armed robberies of area businesses where the suspect was described as a black male adult wearing a 'burka” style mask over his face and armed with a semi-automatic handgun. The following list are the armed robberies detectives believed were related:

January 15th The Dollar Tree 1235 N. Davis Rd.

January 21st Wendy's 1339 N. Main St.

January 27th Subway 1562 N. Main St.

January 28th Valero 1201 N. Main St.

January 29th Subway 1403 N. Main St.

January 31th ACME Chevron 2047 N. Main St.

February 7th Arco Gas Station 131 N. Main St.

 

On February 17, 2016, the FBI, from an office located in Missouri, came to Salinas because they had information on a bank robbery suspect that may be in town. Agents were looking for Terry Jacobs, age 46, who had been indicted in Missouri on two bank robberies. The agents believed Jacobs could be at a house in the 1200 block of Polk St. While being briefed by the agents, Salinas Police detectives thought Jacobs fit the description of the suspect we were looking for in the local robberies. Agents from the FBI and the U.S. Marshalls contacted Jacobs and his girlfriend, Jayme Wilson, age 26, while they stood in front of their van on the 1200 block of Polk St. Both were taken into custody without incident. A handgun was found in the van.

During further investigation, it was determined Jacobs was the suspect responsible for the local armed robberies listed above. He was remanded into the custody of the FBI and the US Marshalls then transported to San Jose to appear in Federal court the bank robberies. The Monterey County District Attorney's Office was asked to review the reports and issue warrants for Jacobs' arrest on the local cases. This is because the federal charges take precedent over our local charges. Wilson, who was not named in the federal indictment, was found to have been the driver on all the robberies in Salinas. She was booked into Monterey County Jail on 7 counts of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.  

Arrest of Fugitive

 

SALINAS, CA – Leon-Palomares, age 30, was arrested by the US Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force along with the assistance of the Salinas Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, late Monday night in Salinas, CA and is currently in the Monterey County Jail.

Leon-Palomares had warrants out of Santa Cruz County and Monterey County for terroristic threats, felon in possession of a weapon, and other charges. Last week, US Marshals attempted to arrest Leon-Palomares in the 1300 block of Cherokee Dr. in Salinas, CA which led to a long standoff situation. A specialized team which consisted of US Marshals Task Force Members, Salinas Police Department, and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office continued to work around the clock searching for Leon-Palomares. Leon-Palomares was located at the, Americas Best Value Inn, based off of tips provided by the community.

US Marshal Don O'Keefe said: "The US Marshals and their partners will not rest until they have their fugitive. This is a great example of perseverance and dedication from law enforcement and community alike. I'd like to thank the Salinas PD, Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office, and Monterey County for their support and ongoing collaboration."

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary Federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States and abroad. The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.

To find information on fugitive's currently being sought by the U.S. Marshals in Northern California, or to submit a tip on the wherebouts of a fugitive, please visit: http://northerncaliforniamostwanted.org

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For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit: http://www.usmarshals.gov

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2016 11:05 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16-021049

Date: Sunday, 2/21/2016

Time: 7:57 PM

Location: 1000 block of Lupin Drive

Salinas Police Officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the 1000 block of Lupin Drive.  They discovered a Hispanic male adult, 30, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim had been standing outside of his vehicle talking with a female when he observed a dark colored 4 door sedan pull up.  The right front passenger fired numerous rounds striking the victim multiple times.  He was transported to a local trauma center where he was undergoing surgery.  He is in stable but critical condition.  This shooting is being investigated as gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Child Molest Suspect

The Salinas Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a subject wanted for Forcible Lewd Acts Upon a Child. A warrant has been issued by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for Oscar Sandoval Avelino, age 38, with a bail amount of $1,000,000. The crime occurred several years ago and it is unknown where Avelino may be residing. There is information Avelino may have fled to Mexico but that information has not been confirmed. Anyone with information on Avelino's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]. 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".

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UPDATE--Homicide/Attempted Homicide

The homicide victim from the shooting that occurred on February 16th, in the 600 blk of Mae Ave., has been identified as Luis Alberto Lucas, age 16. Lucas, a resident of Salinas, was one of three males shot while they sat in a vehicle in front of an address. An 18-year-old victim was treated at Natividad Medical Center, then transported to a Bay Area hospital for further treatment. He is listed in critical condition. The third victim was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at a local hospital.

All three victims have had gang contacts with the Salinas Police Department in the past. This is the 5th homicide in the City of Salinas this year and is being investigated as gang related. Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]; or Detective Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127. 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".

Burglary-Robbery

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2016 3:28 AM

Incident: 211 PC

Report #: 16-020816

Date: Tuesday, 2/16/2016

Time: 11:42 PM

Location: 2000 Block of Sucre Ct.

A 24 year-old Salinas woman and her 6 year-old son were home in bed in the 2000 block of Sucre Ct. The woman heard a thump in the living room. When she went into the living room to check, she saw a male and female in the living room.  The female suspect attacked the victim and they fell to the floor fighting. After a brief struggle, the suspects fled out of the residence in an unknown direction. Cash and electronics were taken from the residence.

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

211 PC Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2016 3:15 AM

Incident: 211 PC

Report #: 16-020814

Date: Tuesday, 2/16/2016

Time: 10:36 PM

Location: 13000 blk of Jackson St.

An 83 year old Salinas resident returned home from a local bingo establishment. She drove home to the 13000  block of Jackson St. When she pulled into her garage, she was confronted by a male wearing dark clothing and a face mask. He pointed a gun at her and told her to roll down the window. He then smashed the driver's door window of her car with a black revolver. He put the gun to her head and demanded her purse. He opened the rear door and took her purse out of the back seat and fled. The victim received minor injuries from broken glass which did not require hospitalization. No suspects have been identified. Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department or call the crime tip line at 831-775-4222

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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Question of the Day

My neighbors keep a rooster in their backyard. Is this legal?
 
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