Press Releases

Vehicle versus pedestrian collision fatal

Release Date/Time: 5/5/2016 1:55 PM

Incident: Vehicle versus pedestrian collision fatal

Report #: 16-041101

Date: Thursday, 4/21/2016

Time: 10:09pm

Location: 58 Natividad Rd

On April 21, 2016, a 26-year-old male was driving with his fiancée southbound on Natividad Rd. approaching Sorentini Street. John Phillips(63) who resides at 58 Natividad Rd was walking in the southbound lanes of Natividad. The driver never saw Phillips and struck him almost directly in the center of the hood of his vehicle. The impact threw Phillips onto the windshield and almost into the vehicle's interior. Phillips was thrown to the pavement and suffered major head and internal injuries. He was taken to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit in critical condition. 

The driver remained at the scene. He has a valid California Driver's License, is insured, and was not intoxicated. He submitted voluntarily to Field Sobriety Tests and a blood draw. Witnesses put the driver's speed under the posted 45 MPH limit. Phillips suffered from a mental disorder and has a history of walking in the road in front of his apartment complex. This is the second time Phillips has been struck by a car in the same location. In December 2012 he was the victim of a felony hit and run in front of 58 Natividad.

From the time of the collision Phillips had been in critical condition at NMC. On May 2nd Phillips died from the injuries he suffered during the collision. This was the fifth fatal traffic collision in Salinas this year and the third pedestian to be killed in a traffic collision.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/4/2016 2:41 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 16-050160

Date: Tuesday, 5/3/2016

Time: 9:00 PM

Location: Acosta St. and Machado Way

On May 3, 2016, at approximately 9:00 pm, officers were called to the area of Acosta St. and Machado Way on the report of a shooting victim. When officers arrived they found two victims suffering multiple gunshot wounds. One victim, who was seated in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle, was shot several times and pronounced deceased by medical personnel. That victim was identified as Marcos Jesus Martinez-Ruiz, age 27, of Salinas. The officers were able to assist a 21-year-old male who was eventually transported to Natividad Medical Center. He is being listed in stable but critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The preliminary investigation revealed the victims were seated in their parked vehicle near their residence, listening to music. For unknown reasons, the suspect vehicle drove up next to the victim vehicle and fired several gunshots into the driver's side of the vehicle. The suspect vehicle, described as a dark colored SUV or truck, fled the area northbound on Machado Way or westbound on Acosta St. No further information is being released at this time.

The victims have no history with the Salinas Police Department and there are no indications they are involved in gang activity. The motive for the shooting is unknown. This is the 11th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have seen the shooting occur or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. 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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Vehicle Pursuit, Resisting Arrest, Multiple Weapons Violations

Release Date/Time: 5/2/2016 2:41 PM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Resisting Arrest, Multiple Weapons Violations

Report #: 16-050055

Date: Monday, 5/2/2016

Time: 7:18 AM

Location: N. MainSt/Navajo Dr

An officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a gold colored Saturn at North Main Street and Alvin Drive for expired registration. The Saturn immediately drove off at a high rate of speed southbound on North Main Street. At Navajo Drive the Saturn shifted into the oncoming lanes, driving southbound in the northbound lanes, barely missing several cars coming in the opposite direction. The vehicle turned left onto Chaparral Street heading toward North Salinas High School. The officer cancelled the pursuit due to the inherent danger to children walking to school.

The vehicle turned southbound onto Linwood Drive approaching El Gabilan School. The vehicle passed the school at a high rate of speed, driving on the wrong side of the raised divider and almost hitting another car head on. Just after passing the school, the driver threw a loaded .357 magnum handgun out of the window onto the street, in plain view of those walking to school. Police recovered the handgun and the vehicle was found running and abandoned on the 1100 block of Granada Ave. A canine picked up the scent which lead to a broken fence board leading to a backyard on the100 block Santa Teresa Avenue. The canine immediately alerted to an outside crawl space opening that led underneath the house.

After several commands were given to come out and with no response, the canine was sent in. The dog immediately located Robert Glaze (29) and Patricia Anne Mayor (26) hiding underneath the house. The dog was able to convince the suspects to exit and both were taken into custody. Mayor had a minor puncture wound to her leg from where the canine held onto her. Mayor was treated and released at Natividad Medical Center and cited for resisting arrest and delaying a peace officer. Glaze was lodged into Monterey County Jail for the felony evading with wanton disregard for the safety of others as well as several gun charges.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Cinco de Mayo weekend extra DUI patrols

Release Date/Time: 5/2/2016 2:36 PM

Incident: Cinco de Mayo weekend extra DUI patrols

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 5/2/2016

Time: 2:31 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become synonymous with festive fiestas and salty margaritas. Historically, the fifth of May commemorates Mexico's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, but present-day celebrations often lead to drunk driving—and there's no victory in that.

If you are planning to party this Cinco de Mayo, keep this number in mind: 343 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes over the Cinco de Mayo holiday weekend in 2014. Of those 343 people who lost their lives, 34 percent (116) died in drunk-driving crashes. The drivers in those crashes weren't just a little drunk. Sadly, almost one out of five (17%) of all the drivers in fatal crashes that weekend had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) of .15 % or higher—almost two times the legal limit in every state.

In the region's ongoing efforts to stop and arrest impaired drivers, the Avoid the 20 DUI coalition will be deploying extra officers on DUI saturation patrols this Cinco de Mayo weekend to keep communities safe. The DUI patrols will be operational throughout the evening into the early morning hours. Police, sheriff and CHP routine patrols will also remain focused on drivers showing signs of intoxication.

In the rush of party preparations and getting dressed up for a night out, it's easy to forget the most important Cinco de Mayo plan of all: designating a sober driver. Some fiesta-goers think they can play it by ear and wait until after the party has started to decide whether they're 'okay to drive.” By this point, it's too late. Going out for a night of drinking without a plan to get home safely is a recipe for disaster. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and when you drive drunk, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else.

You will be looking at jail time, the loss of your driver license, higher insurance rates, plus dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. The average DUI costs about $10,000. Wouldn't you rather pay for a ride home? So before your first margarita, cold beer, or shot of tequila this Cinco de Mayo, make sure you have a designated sober driver or arrange another safe way home.

The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The DDVIP app offers to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.

A final statistic to remember: drunk or drug impaired driving deaths are 100-percent preventable. The Avoid DUI Task Force holiday enforcement campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The next DUI campaign is set for Memorial Day weekend, the start of the summer driving season.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 4/26/2016 11:38 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 04 1331

Date: Tuesday, 4/26/2016

Time: 9:25 PM

Location: Santa Teresa Way/ Santa Teresa Cr.

Officers responded to reports of multiple shots fired in the area of Santa Teresa and Santa Teresa Circle. They found a 19-year-old male in the area of Santa Teresa Circle with gunshot wounds to the lower body. The victim was walking home from a nearby shopping center when he was shot. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds.  A small black or dark sedan was seen leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Several homes and parked cars in the neighborhood were struck by stray rounds.  

 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

Tip-A-Cop Benefiting Special Olympics of Northern California

Members of the Salinas Police Department, Monterey County Probation and Gino's Restaurant are teaming together for the "TIP-A-COP" event to raise money for Special Olympics, Northern Californa on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Gino's Restaurant, 1410 S. Main Street, Salinas. 

Salinas Police Officers and Monterey County Probation Officers will serve as "Celebrity Waiters and Waitress' during the dinner hours of 5 PM to 9 PM.  Salinas Police Officers and Probation Officers will be assisting the servers with water service, setting and clearing tables, seating guest, etc.  Customers will be asked to support Special Olympics by placing a "Tip" in specially marked envelopes at their tables. All members of the public are invited to this dinner event.

Special Olympics provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic style sports for individuals with developmental disabilities.  In Northern California, more than 14,000 persons with disabilities participate in local, area and chapter-wide competitions and are offered at no expense to all eligible athletes. 

664/187 PC (Shooting)

Release Date/Time: 4/22/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: 664/187 PC (Shooting)

Date: Friday, 4/22/2016

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: Paseo Grande Dr. & Moreno Dr.

Officers responded to Paseo Grande Dr. regarding a victim of a shooting. When Officers arrived they found a male juvenile (17) down on the sidewalk after being shot.  The victim was transported to NMC where he appears to be in stable condition.  Investigation thus far has revealed while the victim was walking home on Paseo Grande Dr., a red pickup truck (possibly a Toyota) pulled up next to him and one Hispanic male got out and started to shoot at him.  The suspect was described as a Hispanic male probably in his 20's wearing dark clothing. Case still under investigation.

Anyone who may have information that may aid in this shooting investigation is urged to contact the Salians Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Search Warrant, Attempt Murder arrest/ poss firearms

Release Date/Time: 4/21/2016 2:38 PM

Incident: Search Warrant, Attempt Murder arrest/poss firearms

Date: Tuesday, 4/19/2016

Time: 6:52 PM

Location: 1300 block of Wiren St

Salinas Police Detectives have been working an attempted homicide investigation that occurred in the 1300 block of Wiren St at 2030 hours on 2/25/16.  As a result, detectives were able to identify Joshua Nunez(29) and Gil Vasquez(27) as the shooters and obtained arrest warrants for both subjects. On Tuesday, 4/19, Salinas Police Officers conducted a traffic stop on Vasquez and arrested him on $4,075,000 related to the investigation (charges include attempt murder, conspiracy, and gang enhancements amongst others) .  A search warrant for their residence, also in the 1300 block of Wiren St was obtained in order to seek evidence and locate Nunez,  Based upon the violent nature of the crime and Nunez' criminal history, the Salinas Police SWAT team was activated to assist in the service of the warrant.  As the SWAT team arrived on seen, they spotted David Nunez(42) run out of the residence and throw a rifle over a fence then run back in the house. Another subject, Robert Gabriel(23)  attempted to flee by jumping over the backyard fence,  but saw perimeter units and submitted to arrest.  SWAT set up on the residence and David Nunez along with two females were called from the home and detained. During the service of the search warrant, 2 revolvers, and a lever action rifle were located in the residence. The weapon originally thrown by David Nunez was found to be an unregistered AR-15 style rifle.   Vasquez, Nunez and Gabriel were all booked into county jail; the females were released at the scene.  Joshua Nunez was not located; he is currently wanted on an arrest warrant related to the original case (for charges similar to that of Vasquez).  Nunez' bail amount is set at $3.7 million.  Nunez is described as a HMA (29) 5'6"/165 blk/brn.  He should be considered armed and dangerous; the public should not make any attempt to contact him, however, they are urged to call 911 to report his whereabouts.    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: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/19/2016 10:28 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16-040915

Date: Monday, 4/18/2016

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 2100 blk of North Main Street

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting and found a 20-year old Hispanic male who was shot twice in the lower extremities. 20 shell casings were located in the street. Videos from nearby buildings are being reviewed. In one surveillance video, a 2004-2007 GMC Denali XL with tinted windows was seen on video and officers are trying to determine if the vehicle is involved. Three suspects fled prior to officers arrival and three different firearms were used. The victim is out of surgery and wounds are non-life threatening. The case is being investigated as gang-related.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary and Fraud Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/14/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: Burglary and Fraud Arrest

Date: Wednesday, 4/13/2016

Time: 1:30 PM

Location: 400 Block E. Market

Salinas Police Detectives and Monterey County Sheriff Deputies were working a burglary, identity theft and credit card fraud case. They were able to identify the suspect as Ramee Ayesh(29). Ayesh was the suspect that led Fresno PD on a pursuit a few weeks prior but was released on bail. He has been identified in several burglaries in the Salinas area including Las Palmas and Creekbridge. Ayesh had been wearing a hard hat and reflective vest pretending to be a PG&E worker on several burglaries.  He was also seen wearing a suit during several burglaries.  Ayesh worked as a car salesman for My Nissan and Salinas Valley Ford for months where he would make copies of customers information and use the information.  He was fired from both dealerships prior to being arrested.  Ayesh was taken into custody and booked in to Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations

Telephone: (831) 758-7128


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