Press Releases

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.

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 2/6/2014 10:19 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-020299
Date: Thursday, 2/6/2014
Time: 8:19 PM
Location: 606 East Alisal Street - Cork and Bottle

Two suspects, both Hispanic males in their mid 20's with dark clothing and masks entered the store.  One of the suspects had a large black framed revolver. One of the suspects demanded that the clerk open the register.  An unknown amount of money was taken.  The suspects were last seen running to the rear of the business.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder Shooting - Gang Related

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2014 10:28 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder Shooting - Gang Related
Report #: 14-020184
Date: Tuesday, 2/4/2014
Time: 6:47 PM
Location: 500 block of Sunrise Street

A 21 year old victim was standing in front of his residence with friends when an unknown suspect shot at him three times.  The victim was not struck by gunfire but his house was hit twice and a vehicle in the driveway was hit once. This incident is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2014 10:18 PM
Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision
Report #: 14-020185
Date: Tuesday, 2/4/2014
Time: 7:14 PM
Location: East Laurel Drive east of St. Edwards Drive

Officers were dispatched to the above location regarding a vehicle v. pedestrian collision. The pedestrian, a Hispanic female adult, in her 20's, tried to cross the eastbound lanes of East Laurel Drive.  She stepped directly into the path of an eastbound passenger car.  The impact forced her into the windshield and was she thrown at least 25 feet.  The driver of the vehicle was very cooperative and did not appear to be not under the influence.  The pedestrian sustained major head trauma.  She was flown to a bay area hospital and is listed in very critical condition.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest of Third Suspect from Alisal High School Incident

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2014 11:45 AM

Incident: Arrest of Third Suspect from Alisal High School Incident

Report #: 14-011109

Date: Saturday, 1/25/2014

Time: 8:30 pm

Location: 1000-block of Montana St.

On Friday, 1/24/14, three non-students went onto the campus at Alisal High School and started a fight with a student as well as school officials.  Two of the suspects, Juan Ortega (18) and a 16 year old, were arrested that day.  The third suspect fled the scene, but was later identified by officers.  On Saturday, 1/25/14, officers were dispatched to an unrelated call in the 1000-block of Montana St.  While there, they noticed the third suspect at the scene.  Justo Rivas, 19, was taken into custody and booked into the Monterey County Jail for several charges including battery against a school official, conspiracy, trespassing, and gang enhacements.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unexploded Ordinance

Unexploded military ordinance has been located at a residence in South Salinas.  It is unknown if the ordinance is live at this time. The Monterey County Bomb Squad is on-scene with the Salinas Police Department and will attempt to detonate the item in place within the backyard.  The subsequent detonation may result in a potentially loud report in the South Salinas area.

**UPDATE** The detonation is completed without damage or injury.

Battery on School Official, Gang Enhancements

Release Date/Time: 1/24/2014 9:59 PM

Incident: Battery on School Official, Gang Enhancements

Report #: 14-011109

Date: Friday, 1/24/2014

Time: 2:56 PM

Location: 777 Williams Rd.--Alisal High School

Juan Carlos Ortega, 18, Jesus Perez Rivas, 19 and a 16 year-old Hispanic male, who are gang members and not students at AHS, went to the school to pick a fight. They were confronted at the front by a school supervisor, but told him they were picking up some things from their art class. When they got inside the school grounds they went to the first person they saw that looked like a gang member, who happened to be an 18 year-old student. Once that fight had been broken up, Ortega, Rivas and the 16 year-old suspect, began yelling gang slogans. This caused another fight with another 16 year-old student, which was eventually broken up by school officials. During the fight, 2 school supervisors and an Assistant Principal received minor injuries. Ortega is on full gang terms and he was lodged for 676.8(a) PC, fighting on school grounds, 243.2(a) PC, battery on school official and several others. The 16 year-old juvenile suspect is also on full gang terms and was lodged at Juvenile hall for the above charges and several others. Jesus Rivas fled before officers arrived and is wanted on charges of fighting on school grounds, gang enhancments and violation of his probation. A booking photo of Rivas is attached.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/23/2014 12:29 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-011026
Date: Wednesday, 1/22/2014
Time: 7:41 PM
Location: 524 East Laurel Drive - Little Cesar's Pizza

The suspect, a unknown race male, 6-0, thin build dressed in dark clothing entered the business with a silver handgun and pointed it at the employees.  The suspect demanded money from the registers.  An unknown amount of money was obtained and the suspect was last scene fleeing on foot toward Granada Avenue.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/23/2014 12:26 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-011027
Date: Wednesday, 1/22/2014
Time: 8:03 PM
Location: 497 East Alisal Street - Corner Market

The suspect, a white male, 5-9, thin build, black jacket, black mask, entered the business and jumped the counter. He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. The suspect fled the business on foot toward Roosevelt. As the suspect was running away one gunshot was fired.  No one was injured.  An unknown amount of money was taken.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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