Press Releases

Avoid the 20 Winter Campaign final update

Release Date/Time: 1/6/2015 2:46 PM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Winter Campaign final update

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 1/6/2015

Time: 2:44 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

The 2014/15 Winter Holiday DUI Mobilization crackdown on drinking and drugged drivers has ended and resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from the Sobriety Checkpoints, Special Saturation Patrols and routine patrol in the Monterey and San Benito Counties 'Avoid the 20 ” DUI Campaign for the past 21 days.

From 12:01 AM Friday December 12th, through Midnight Thursday January 1, 2014 officers representing 20 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 117 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2013/14, 120 DUI arrests occurred during the 20 Day holiday campaign. Tragically, there was a death that Salinas PD attributes to a drugged driver. Last year there was 1 alcohol related death during the year end campaign. 'Initially it looked like the number of DUI arrests was going to decline sharply from last year,” said Salinas PD Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'But there was a rash of DUI arrests the last 10 days which brought the number close to last year's. It's disappointing but we will continue to work hard to catch these drivers.”

Numbers are in comparison to last year's totals during the holiday period. Law enforcement officials will be conducting more Avoid DUI operations throughout both counties next during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for local St Patrick's Day Festivities in March. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help law enforcement every day: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1 anytime you encounter an impaired driver.

DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), sobriety checkpoint programs can yield considerable cost savings: $6 for every $1 spent. Multiple DUI Campaigns are planned in 2015. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 1/6/2015 10:36 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 14-121400

Date: Tuesday, 1/6/2015

Time: 1030 AM

Location: NMC 1441 Natividad Road

On December 26, 2014, a felony hit and run with injuries occurred on East Lake Street at Soledad Street. Miguel Lomeli, 54, was severely injured in the collision.. After an extensive investigation, Edward Ramirez (Fast Eddie), 35, was identified as the driver. On December 30th, Ramirez was arrested for the hit and run. Yesterday Miguel Lomeli died from injuries suffered in the collision. The Police Department will now be requesting additional charges including Vehicular manslaughter. This was the tenth fatal traffic collision in Salinas for 2014. Six of the ten involved a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. Last year there were twelve fatal collisions in Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Return of Runaway Juvenile

Release Date/Time: 1/5/2015 9:04 AM

Incident: Return of a Runaway Juvenile

Report #: 14-121361

Date: Monday, 1/5/2015

Time: 8:58 AM

Location: 800 block of Cactus Court

Stephanie Arciniega, 14, who left her Salinas home on Christmas Eve and had been missing since, returned home last night. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Promotion of Detective Kim Robinson

Release Date/Time: 1/5/2015 8:32 AM

Incident:  Promotion of Detective Kim Robinson

Date: Monday, 1/5/2015

Time: 8:32 AM

Location:  City Hall Rotunda  200 Lincoln Ave.

On January 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm the Salinas Police Department will hold a ceremony to promote Detective Kim Robinson to the rank of Sergeant.  Kim began her law enforcement career with the Monterey County Sheriff's Department in 2002 where she worked in the custody division.  In 2004 she was hired by the Salinas Police Departemnt.  During her career she has held assignments including patrol officer, field training officer, background investigator and detective.  The ceremony will be held in the City Hall Rotunda and is open to the public.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Att. Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/3/2015 10:00 PM

Incident: Att. Murder

Date: Saturday, 1/3/2015

Time: 5:18 PM

Location: 500 Block of Williams Rd

A Salinas Police Officer heard gunshots in the area of the 500 block of Williams Road and drove into the area.  People began pointing at a SUV that was driving away and he attempted a stop on the vehicle as it pulled into another apartment complex.   It was then discovered the occupants were the ones being shot at.  Witness place two of the vehicles occupants on foot getting into a verbal argument with two other males in the driveway of a complex in the 500 block.  One of the subjects pulled a gun and fired at the pair, who ran to the SUV and drove away.  The shooters were last seen jumping fences towards the area of Cross Ave.  A perimeter was set and the CHP helicopter was utilized to assist in the search.  After a considerable search, the suspects were not located.  During the investigation it was determined that neither victim was struck by gunfire, however a nearby apartment was struck.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession of meth for sale / gun

Release Date/Time: 1/3/2015 2:45 PM

Incident: Possession of meth for sale / gun

Report #: 15-010048

Date: Friday, 1/2/2015

Time: 4:05 PM

Location: Williams Rd/ Bardin Rd

On 1/2/15 at 4:05PM, officers from the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop on Felix Margarito Soto (56). Soto was found to have an illegally possessed semi-auto pistol and an ounce of methamphetamine. Soto was out on bail from an arrest in November of last year. In that case, members of the Violence Suppression Unit had served a search warrant at Soto's residence on Williams Rd. As a result of the search warrant, Soto was found to be in possession of two illegally possessed firearms, an inert but illegal hand grenade and a large quantity of narcotics for sales. Soto was returned to the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/2/2015 12:59 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Thursday, 1/1/2015

Time: 8:03 PM

Location: 931 W Alisal (Mountain Mikes)

Two males entered the Mountain Mikes on West Alisal Street wearing bandanas covering their faces and brandishing firearms.  They demanded an employee open the register and after obtaining cash, they rifled through a nearby desk before fleeing onto Alisal Street. One suspect had a black and white Pendleton style jacket, and the other a black hoodie, both were said to be carrying backpacks. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/2/2015 12:59 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Thursday, 1/1/2015

Time: 8:03 PM

Location: 931 W Alisal (Mountain Mikes)

Two males entered the Mountain Mikes on West Alisal Street wearing bandanas covering their faces and brandishing firearms.  They demanded an employee open the register and after obtaining cash, they rifled through a nearby desk before fleeing onto Alisal Street. One suspect had a black and white Pendleton style jacket, and the other a black hoodie, both were said to be carrying backpacks. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Brandishing, Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm, Possession of Burglary Tools, Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 1/1/2015 4:44 AM

Incident: Brandishing, Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm, Possession of Burglary Tools, Probation Violation

Report #: 15-010003

Date: Thursday, 1/1/2015

Time: 2:22 AM

Location: 800 blk of Kilbreth

Officers were dispatched to a report of a Hispanic male brandishing a pistol. The suspect, Rene Vasquez (26) ran up to the victims while pointing a pistol at them and yelling "What's up homie?" Vasquez ran past the victims and was eventually arrested near 1020 Sieber St. The loaded 9mm pistol was found under a nearby car. Vasquez would not answer questions about the incident, but did claim ownership of a shaved vehicle key in his pocket. Vasquez is on felony probation for a prior conviction involving firearms and gang affiliation. He was lodged at county jail.

Release Authorized by: Jeffrey Ramsden

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Apprehension of a Wanted Subject

On December 30, 2014 at approximately 1700 hours Salinas Police Officers arrested Edward Ramirez, 5-12-79, inside of a motel room in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue.  Ramirez was wanted for a Felony Hit and Run that occured on December 26, 2014 at the intersection of East Lake Street and Soledad Street.  Ramirez will be booked into the Monterey County Jail.

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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