In the first two months of 2016, Salinas saw several armed robberies of area businesses where the suspect was described as a black male adult wearing a 'burka” style mask over his face and armed with a semi-automatic handgun. The following list are the armed robberies detectives believed were related:
January 15th The Dollar Tree 1235 N. Davis Rd.
January 21st Wendy's 1339 N. Main St.
January 27th Subway 1562 N. Main St.
January 28th Valero 1201 N. Main St.
January 29th Subway 1403 N. Main St.
January 31th ACME Chevron 2047 N. Main St.
February 7th Arco Gas Station 131 N. Main St.
On February 17, 2016, the FBI, from an office located in Missouri, came to Salinas because they had information on a bank robbery suspect that may be in town. Agents were looking for Terry Jacobs, age 46, who had been indicted in Missouri on two bank robberies. The agents believed Jacobs could be at a house in the 1200 block of Polk St. While being briefed by the agents, Salinas Police detectives thought Jacobs fit the description of the suspect we were looking for in the local robberies. Agents from the FBI and the U.S. Marshalls contacted Jacobs and his girlfriend, Jayme Wilson, age 26, while they stood in front of their van on the 1200 block of Polk St. Both were taken into custody without incident. A handgun was found in the van.
During further investigation, it was determined Jacobs was the suspect responsible for the local armed robberies listed above. He was remanded into the custody of the FBI and the US Marshalls then transported to San Jose to appear in Federal court the bank robberies. The Monterey County District Attorney's Office was asked to review the reports and issue warrants for Jacobs' arrest on the local cases. This is because the federal charges take precedent over our local charges. Wilson, who was not named in the federal indictment, was found to have been the driver on all the robberies in Salinas. She was booked into Monterey County Jail on 7 counts of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.