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Salinas PAL Youth Center - Ribbon Cutting

Release Date/Time: 9/23/2014 9:17 PM

Incident:

Date: Tuesday, 9/23/2014

Time: 9:17 PM

Location: 100 Howard Street

Release Authorized by: Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone: (831) 970-7874

 

           
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MEDIA RELEASE                                                          Media Contact: Officer Angel Gonzalez

                                                                                                             Phone: (831) 970-7874

Salinas Police Activities League to open

PAL Youth Center doors

 

(Salinas, CA – September 29th) The Salinas Police Activities League is announcing that they will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony of their 'Salinas PAL Youth Center” on Monday September 29th

 

The project, which has updated and breathed new life into the old California National Guard Armory, allows Salinas PAL to have a central hub for all of the programs that they offer to the youth of the community.  'The center allows us to expand current programs that will continue to bridge the gap between the community and police officers,” said Salinas Police Officer and PAL Executive Director Angel Gonzalez.  'While the building still has some work to be done, we felt that it was most important to open the doors and get kids involved in our programs.” Youth will be able to participate in programs coached and mentored by the very police officers who are patrolling the streets as well as community minded volunteers who want to help Salinas PAL fulfill its mission of providing a safe and nurturing environment for recreational, educational, cultural, and social programs while bridging the gap between police officers, youth, and the community.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5pm on the front steps of the center.  Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony. 

 

For over 22 years, the Salinas Police Activities League has been providing FREE programs to the youth of our community ages 5-18.  These programs have ranged from archery to tennis, and the addition of the building will allow Salinas PAL to expand its current programs.  'We are extremely thankful for the community partnerships and donations that have brought us to this point.  We can't thank each and every individual, company, and group enough.  This is a great day for Salinas PAL and our entire community,” said Officer Gonzalez. 

 

'Salinas Police Activities League to open

PAL Youth Center doors”

100 Howard Street

Monday September 29, 2014, 5:00pm

Attempted Armed Robbery with a Shotgun

Release Date/Time: 9/21/2014 9:54 PM

Incident: Attempted Armed Robbery with a Shotgun

Report #: 14-091120

Date: Sunday, 9/21/2014

Time: 8:33 AM

Location: 1395 Nogal Drive - Natividad Creek Park

Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery in progress at Natividad Creek Park.  One officer arrived within 30 seconds and met with the victim.  The victim was walking through the park when three Hispanic Male Adults approached. One of the suspects, Jimmy Little Rodriguez, 18, was armed with a shotgun. He pointed it at the victims head and demanded his wallet and money.  The victim refused to cooperate.  The victim was able to run away.  A witness directed officers to an area of the park leading up to Nogal Drive.  All three subjects, including Rodriguez, were located.  The shotgun was recovered in the park.  Rodriguez appears to be the only one of the three involved in the crime.  The other two subjects were identified and later released.  Rodriguez was booked into the Monterey County Jail for attempted robbery, probation violation, being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary, Conspiracy, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/21/2014 11:04 AM

Incident: Burglary, Conspiracy, Resisting Arrest

Report #: 14-091031

Date: Friday, 9/19/2014

Time: 1:07 PM

Location: Oyster Bay Cir.

Salinas Police received a report of suspicious vehicle in the cul-de-sac at Oyster Bay Cir. The information provided was that a vehicle which did not belong in the neighborhood was parked with four males inside. Police were later given additional information that some of the males had gone into a house and were committing a burglary. An officer arrived and saw the vehicle parked with only one occupant, Jose Melgoza (19). As the officer contacted Melgoza, two other officers positioned themselves near the house where they suspected the burglary was ocurring. The remaining suspects saw the officers from the upstairs bedroom of a different house and fled out the back door towards the creek near Safeway. A short time later, a golfer at the Twin Creeks Golf Course called 911 to report three males came out of the bushes and sitting on a bench near the 4th hole. When an officer approached the three suspects, they fled on foot.  The officer gave chase for a considerable distance and caught Erik Llamas (19) in the apartment complex at 1125 Alamo Way.  Officers also apprehended a 14 year old juvenile male, and Francisco Narez (19), hiding nearby.  All the suspects, including Melgoza, were booked into the county jail or juvenile hall.  The successful outcome would not have been possible without the assistance police received from the public.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Disorderly Conduct

Release Date/Time: 9/20/2014 5:53 AM

Incident: Disorderly Conduct - Secretly Recording in Women's Bathroom

Report #: 14-091030

Date: Friday, 9/19/2014

Time: 1:30 pm

Location: 1071 Parajo Dr. - St. Paul's Episcopal Church

On September 19, 2014, officers were called to St. Paul's Episcopal Church regarding suspicious circumstances. A member of the church had found a small video camera in the women's bathroom.  It appears the camera had fallen to the floor from a hidden location within the bathroom.  With the help of the Church's administration, officers contacted Daniel Murguia (age 60), a longtime maintenance worker for the church. The investigation revealed he was the owner of the camera and had placed the camera in various bathrooms within the church to record unsuspecting females. Officers were able to determine at least 20 different instances where females were unknowingly recorded.

Murguia was transported to the Monterey County jail and booked for several counts of Disorderly Conduct (647(j)(2) PC).  Other electronic devices were seized from Murguia's residence and will be reviewed by the Salinas Police Department's Computer Forensic Unit. Detectives will be working on identifying any victims.  This investigation is ongoing. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

422/647f

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2014 12:08 AM

Incident: 422/647f

Date: Wednesday, 9/17/2014

Time: 1854

Location: 1030 E Alisal

We received a call from a cab driver stating that a male had walked up to him as he was parked in the lot of Foods Co, holding a gun and asking him to call the cops. The driver felt threatened that he may be shot if he didn't respond as Elpidio Pacheco (30) simulated racking the slide of the pistol he held. Pacheco then got into the front seat of the cab, holding the pistol in his lap. When officers arrived, Pacheco dropped the gun on the floorboard, placed his hands in the air, complied with officers instructions, and was taken into custody without incident. The gun was found to be a replica semi-automatic firearm. Pacheco admitted he was despondent and had intended to commit suicide by cop, describing his intent to point the weapon at responding officers. When the officers arrived Pacheco had a last minute change of heart and decided to comply. He was later lodged at MoCo Jail for threatening a violent assault and drunk in public in addition to a felony drug warrant out of Santa Clara County.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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

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