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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

Burglary Arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/23/2014 12:22 AM
Incident: Burglary Arrest
Report #: 14-010977
Date: Wednesday, 1/22/2014
Time: 5:18 PM
Location: 575 North Sanborn Road - Walgreen's

Yesterday, Officer Gibson investigated two vehicle burglaries that occurred in the parking lot of the business.  Today, he and Officer Ruben Sanchez observed Manuel Alarcon, 54, riding his bicycle in the area of the 500 block of North Sanborn Road.  Alarcon resembled the suspect and upon contact resisted the officers efforts to arrest him.  A methamphetamine smoking pipe was located and he was identified by the victim as the burglary suspect.  Alarcon was booked into Monterey County Jail.

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

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 10:53 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-010978
Date: Tuesday, 1/21/2014
Time: 9:20 PM
Location: 640 East Laurel Drive - Winchell's Donuts

The suspect, a black male, 6-0, thin build wearing a black sweatshirt, blue mask, blue jeans with black gloves entered the business and demanded money from the employee while holding a black revolver. He obtained an unknown amount of money.  The suspect was last seen on foot toward Natividad Road.

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

Armed Robbery - Business - Kidnapping

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 10:40 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business - Kidnapping
Report #: 14-010965
Date: Tuesday, 1/21/2014
Time: 6:26 PM
Location: 238 Abbott Street - La Pulguita

The employee closed the business and was in his car to leave the parking lot. The suspect, a Hispanic male adult, 5-9/190, black hat, black leather jacket and blue jeans ordered the victim out of his car and back into the business. The suspect, who was holding a large butcher knife, placed the knife in the victim's back and on his neck. While the suspect was struggling to open the cash register the victim ran to a nearby business to call 911. The suspect may be associated with a white 4 door sedan driven by a Hispanic female adult with a child in the back seat. No money was taken.

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

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 10:33 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-010970
Date: Tuesday, 1/21/2014
Time: 7:31 PM
Location: 101 Auto Center Circle - AM/PM

The suspect, a male, dark skin, possibly black, 6-0, thin build, blue ski mask, black sweatshirt, blue jeans and blue shoes entered the store with a large black gun. The suspect demanded money from the clerk.  The suspect grabbed money from two of the cash registers.  An unknown amount of money was taken.  The suspect may have fled in a white vehicle.

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

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 10:23 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-010972
Date: Tuesday, 1/21/2014
Time: 8:32 PM
Location: 605 North Sanborn Road - 7-Eleven Store

A Hispanic male adult, 6-0, thin build, wearing a black ski mask, black sweatshirt, black jeans with a large framed gun entered the store and jumped over the counter. The suspect demanded the clerk open the register.  The suspect pointed the gun at the clerk and later a patron that was inside of the store.  After obtaining an unknown amount of money the suspect fled the business on foot toward North Madiera.  The suspect description is similar to an earlier armed robbery at the AM/PM, 101 Auto Center Circle.

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

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