Press Releases

Possession of Marijuana on School Grounds & Possession of Marijuana for Sale

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2014  1:55 PM

Incident: Possession of Marijuana on School Grounds & Possession of Marijuana for Sale

Report #: 14-020961

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 1:36 PM

Location: North Salinas High School

In the past week, several students at North Salinas High School have displayed signs of being under the influence of marijuana while at school.  In the five cases, the students told school officials they had ingested cookies laced with marijuana.  On Thursday, February 20th, Salinas Police was notified of a student in the office who was in possession of a suspected marijuana-laced cookie.  Police investigation led to the arrest of three female students for possession of marijuana on school grounds and possession for sales.  It is believed the three students were selling marijuana-laced cookies to fellow students on campus.  Investigation is still continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 2/20/2014 7:19 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-020935

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 2:59 AM

Location: 339 Williams Rd / Quick Stop

The suspect HMA, confronted the clerk outside of the business and ordered him at gun point back into the business. Once inside, the suspect jumped over the counter and had the clerk open the register. While the clerk was trying to open the register, the suspect struck the him in the head with the gun. The clerk was able to open the register and the suspect took an unknown amount of money from the til. The suspect was last seen running into the alley behind the store.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery- Business

Release Date/Time: 2/20/2014 4:29 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-020935

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 2:42 AM

Location: 1305 N. Main St / 7-11

HMA suspect entered the 7-11 at Curts and N. Main and stood by the counter until the clerk walked behind then counter. As soon as the clerk reached the register, the suspect pulled a dark colored semi auto handgun from his sweatshirt pocket and jumped over the counter. The suspect said, "give me your money, fool." The clerk opened the register and then the suspect struck the clerk on the right side of his head with the gun causing a severe laceration and knocking the clerk out. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the register and then fled the store running west on W. Curtis St. HMA described as, 20 to 21 year old, black hooded sweatshirt, blue pants. We are waiting for the video. Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Traffic Collision update

Release Date/Time: 2/19/2014 10:05 AM

Incident: Traffic Collision update

Report #: 14-020185

Date: Wednesday, 2/19/2014

Time: 10:09 AM

Location: East Laurel Drive / North Sanborn Road

On February 4th, Christina Pimentel was struck by a vehicle while crossing East Laurel Drive near North Sanborn Road. She had been life-flighted to San Jose Regional Medical Center. On February 8th, at 1700 hours, Pimentel was pronounced deceased due to the injuries suffered from the traffic collision. This collision is still under investigation. At this time it is not anticipated that there will be any criminal charges against the driver. This was the 2nd fatal vehicle collision in Salinas this year.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2014 11:49 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-020736

Date: Sunday, 2/16/2014

Time: 6:21 PM

Location: 1100 Block of Eagle Dr

Two brothers, 19 and 11, were standing in front of their house when a Hispanic male in his teens approached them. He said something to the victims, but they could not be sure what. The suspect pulled out a handgun and fired one time at the brothers. The shot grazed the 19 year-old's back and hit the 11 year-old in his upper arm. The bullet went clean through the boys arm. Both victims were treated locally with non-life threatening injuries. No suspect information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2014 11:33 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-020741

Date: Sunday, 2/16/2014

Time: 9:18 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington

Two men, one 25 and the other 22, were standing in front of apartment an apartment when 3-4 Hispanic males approached them. One victim saw that at least one of the suspects was holding a handgun, so he just turned and ran. Multiple shots were fired and one victim was hit several times in his pelvic area and the other was hit in both of his lower legs. No words were exchanged prior to the shooting.

All three of the suspects may have been armed with handguns and involved in the shooting.

Nobody was able to say where the suspects fled after the shooting as everyone was taking cover, or trying to get away.

The victim that was hit in the pelvic area was flown to a bay area hospital and the victim hit in the legs was treated locally. This is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felony Child Abuse, Battery

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2014 4:06 PM

Incident: Felony Child Abuse, Battery

Report #: 14-020725

Date: Sunday, 2/16/2014

Time: 1:10 PM

Location: N. Main St. / Boronda Rd

Deigo Edeza (23) was jogging Southbound on N. Main St. at Boronda Rd. A 19-year old male and his 5-year old brother were walking Northbound on N. Main St and began to pass Edeza. For unknown reasons, Edeza stopped and spit on the 19-year old. Words were exchanged so Edeza spit on the victim again and then kicked the 5-year old in the abdomen causing the child to fall backward into traffic. The child was able to get to his feet and get to the sidewalk before he was struck by passing cars. He was not injured and based on witness statements, it appears the attack was unprovoked. Edeza was booked into Monterey County Jail for felony Child Abuse and Battery.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Indecent Exposure, Lewd Acts in Public, Possession for Sales of Marijuana and Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 2/13/2014 11:18 AM

Incident: Indecent Exposure, Lewd Acts in Public, Possession for Sales of Marijuana and Probation Violation

Report #: 14-020586

Date: Wednesday, 2/12/2014

Time: 6:55 PM

Location: Northridge Mall

Salinas Police offficers responded to Northridge Mall for a report of a completely naked male in a vehicle.  An off-duty mall security officer observed a naked subject, later identified as Francisco Moreno (32) in a green Honda.  The off-duty security officer saw Moreno driving throughout the northeast area of the parking lot.  Mall security monitored Moreno on surveillance cameras while awaiting for police to respond.  Moreno was observed commiting lewd acts upon himself while seated in his vehicle.  When contacted by officers in his vehicle, the suspect was still unclothed from the waist-down.  In addition, Moreno was on probation and in possession of marijuana for the purpose of sales.  He was taken into custody and booked at the Monterey County Jail.  This arrest was made possible by the vigilant mall security officers, who took note of unusual activity and maintained constant surveillance of the suspect prior to police arrival.  It does not appear Moreno approached anyone during this incident.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 2/12/2014 5:14 PM

Incident: Robbery - Knife

Report #: 14-020576

Date: Wednesday, 2/12/2014

Time: 2:10 PM

Location: Sears - Northridge

Employees at Sears observed a customer inside the store acting suspiciously. Carl Lemos, 28, selected several socket trays from the Tools Department and placed them inside the packpack he was carrying. He then went to the Outdoor Lighting Department and set the backpack down on the ground near the door. Lemos proceeded to select several items of work clothing and paid for them at a register. On his way out, the suspect picked up the backpack and left the store. He was contacted by Loss Prevention employees, who attempted to arrest him. Lemos fought with employees and then pulled out a pocket knife. The knife was slapped out of his hand and Lemos was successfully placed under arrest. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail for robbery.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

2014 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

2014 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

 

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Police Academy from March 20th through June 5th, 2014.  The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on June 5, 2014. 

Community Police Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations. 

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Monday, March 10th 2014.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application.  Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to heathj@ci.salinas.ca.us Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications can also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk. 

If you have questions feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 758-7247.

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