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Fatal Hit and Run

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2015 8:53 PM

Incident: Fatal Hit and Run

Report #: 15-100543

Date: Sunday, 10/11/2015

Time: 8:11 PM

Location: 855 e. Laurel

A 58-year old male was crossing the road in the 800 block of E. Laurel Dr. He was struck by a vehicle that was traveling Westbound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle fled and no witnesses were available. The right, side view mirror from a blue car was left behind and investigators will be trying to determine the make of the vehicle based on the evidence. The identity of the victim is being witheld pending notification of family. Investigators believe the victim may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2015 10:55 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100512

Date: Sunday, 10/11/2015

Time: 1:45 AM

Location: 29 Julia St.

 ******UPDATE****** After further investigation, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (43) was arrested for the homicide of Jose Sanchez.  He was identified as one of the two men who got into an altercation with Sanchez.  Rodriguez was booked into the county jail for the homicide and outstanding warrants for drug and gun charges. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2015 5:43 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100511

Date: Sunday, 10/11/2015

Time: 1:03 AM

Location: 327 Park St.

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting.  When they arrived they found Andrew Hyde (25) dead in front of the house.  Witnesses stated Hyde unknowingly entered the house and possibly confronted the homeowner with a knife.  The homeowner produced a firearm and fired at Hyde multiple times.  The reason for Hyde being at the home is unclear at this stage of the investigation.  The investigation is in the preliminary stages and continues.    

Release Authorized by: Sgt. J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2015 5:17 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100512

Date: Sunday, 10/11/2015

Time: 12:45 AM

Location: 29 Julia St.

Officers responded to a victim of a shooting in front of the house. When they arrived, they found Jose Sanchez (33) with a gunshot wound to the head. He was immediately transported to NMC. He was pronounced deceased several hours later. Sanchez was at a party at the house when he became involved in an arguement with two other men at the party.  The arguement carried over into the street when one of the two men pulled a handgun and shot Sanchez.  All of the occupants of the house were uncooperative.  They denied that Sanchez was even at the house.  Suspects have been identified in this case, one is currently outstanding.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

187 arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2015 9:29 AM

Incident: 187 arrest

Date: Thursday, 10/8/2015

Time: 11:30 PM

Location: 632 Seneca Place

Through their investigation, Salinas Police Department Detectives developed information that homicide and attempted robbery suspect, Brad Azcona was possibly at 632 Seneca Place.  After conducting surveillance, Azcona was positively identified at the house.  The house was immediately surrounded utilizing police officers and the SWAT team with additional assistance of air support from the California Highway Patrol.  Nearby residences were evacuated and officers began hailing the residence without a response from Azcona. The Hostage Negotiation Team was activated and spent several hours attempting direct contact with Azcona with no response.  After exhausting all efforts to directly communicate with Azcona, the SWAT team deployed gas into the house in an effort to get Azcona to surrender.  Azcona refused to come out of the house.  Once the SWAT team entered the house, Azcona was eventually found hiding in the crawl space under the house.  He then surrendered with incident.

Azcona was booked into the Monterey County Jail for the homicide and attempted robbery. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Armed Robbery Suspect Angel Perez arrested

Arrested: Armed Robbery Suspect Angel Perez (21)

While Salinas Police Detectives were following up on several armed robberies that took place in January and February of 2015 they spotted Angel Perez (21) driving in a vehicle in North Salinas.  Perez had been previously identified in five separate armed robberies that took place at the gas station and small restaurant located at 8 Williams Road in Salinas.  Perez was stopped and surrendered without incident.  Perez was booked into Monterey County Jail for felony warrants related to the below mentioned armed robberies.

Angel was identified in the following armed robberies:

Gas station armed robbery January 23, 2015.  8 Williams Road.

Gas station armed robbery January 30, 2015.  8 Williams Road.

Gas station armed robbery February 13, 2015.  8 Williams Road.

Restaurant armed robbery February 17, 2015.  8 Willilams Road.

Gas station armed robbery February 17, 2015.  8 Williams Road.

Driver allow handgun in a vehicle, Particiaption in Criminal Street Gang, Allow passenger to bring or carry firearm in vehicle, Violation of Probation.

Salinas Police Officers attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on a gray Nissan Altima for a vehicle code violation.  The driver, later identified as Antonio Zavala (25) failed to yield to police emergency equipment and after a short vehicle pursuit collided with a parked pick-up truck.  Zavala and the right front passenger Edgar Navarro (29) were quickly taken into custody.  A third occupant ran from the vehicle and was not located.  Inside of the Altima officers located a loaded firearm and also discovered both suspects were gang members and booked into Monterey County Jail for several charges.

STEP Grant Awarded to Salinas PD

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2015 11:45 AM

Incident: STEP Grant Awarded to Salinas PD

Report #: N/A

Date: Sunday, 10/4/2015

Time: 11:44 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Avenue

The SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION

The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $112,400 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Salinas Police Department will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

In 2014, 10 people were killed in traffic collisions in Salinas and 619 people were injured in 465 injury collisions. There were a total of 1249 collision reports taken by Salinas PD. 'This total is way too high,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'Many of these people suffered very serious injuries. This grant will allow us to hire our best traffic officers on overtime to enforce the state's traffic laws and prevent some of these injuries and deaths.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

'Overall, California's roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Salinas Police Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Salinas and the state.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

• DUI saturation patrols

• Motorcycle safety enforcement

• Distracted driving enforcement

• Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

• Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement

• Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders

• Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders

• Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

• Court 'sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 Grant Award

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2015 10:52 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Grant Award

Report #: N/A

Date: Sunday, 10/4/2015

Time: 10:51 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR COUNTY-WIDE DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways, with 1,197 alcohol involved deaths and over 23,000 injuries reported statewide in 2013. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Salinas Police Department will be administering a recent $257,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for both counties. Salinas has received this grant for the last 15 years. The amount of the grant this year is over 28 percent more than last year's grant.

Chief of Police Kelly McMillin said, "While awareness of driving while intoxicated has increased over the years, we still suffer far too many injuries and fatalities as a result of impaired driving. To those who drink responsibly and use designated drivers, we thank you. To those who chose to drive while drunk or high, understand that the Avoid the 20 Team will be looking for you and will do everything necessary to ensure the safety of our motoring public. Please don't drink and drive."

The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don't drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 20 participating law enforcement agencies in the two counties. The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across both counties will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst' repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to by a judge.

'Overall, California's roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Avoid DUI Task Force want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Monterey and San Benito Counties and throughout State.”

Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems. Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 20' taskforce include:

The Salinas Police Department

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office

The Monterey Office of the California Highway Patrol

The Gilroy Office of the California Highway Patrol

The Hollister Police Department

The San Benito County Sheriff's Office

The Marina Police Department The Monterey Police Department

The Seaside Police Department

The Carmel Police Department

The Pacific Grove Police Department

The Del Rey Oaks Police Department

The Sand City Police Department

The Monterey Airport Police

The California State University Police CSUMB

The King City Police Department

The Greenfield Police Department

The Soledad Police Department

The Gonzales Police Department

The Presidio of Monterey Police

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2015 1:16 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100142

Date: Saturday, 10/3/2015

Time: 9:49 PM

Location: Mendocino Dr and Colusa Pl

At approximately 9:50 pm Salinas Police responded to the area of Mendocino Dr and Colusa on a report of a victim of a shooting. When they arrived they found  29 year old Abelino Martinez Jr suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.Officers attempted life saving measures, however Martinez died at the scene.Witnesses reported seeing two males in dark clothing running from the scene, however there is no other suspect information at this time. This incident is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for any witnesses to this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Rudy Roman at 831-758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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