Press Releases

Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 3/23/2014 8:27 PM

Incident: Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 14-031172

Date: Sunday, 3/23/2014

Time: 5:32 PM

Location: E. Alisal St / Madeira Ave

A mother and her 7-year-old daughter were walking in the crosswalk N/B on Madeira Ave. at E. Alisal St. Catalino Mendez, 58 was driving SB on Madeira and about to turn onto Alisal. The mother said she saw that Catalino saw them and she had the right of way, so she and her daughter continued to walk. Catalino said he saw the mother and her daughter walking in the crosswalk, but thought they were going to stop, so he made a right turn and ran them over at approx. 10mph. The mother was knocked to the ground but the vehicle ran over the daughter's pelvis area. The mother was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and the daughter was flown to a bay area hospital with serious injuries that do not appear life threatening.

Catalino had a suspended license, no insurance and a warrant for driving with a suspended license. He was booked in county jail for the above charges.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2014 2:07 AM

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

Date: Friday, 3/21/2014

Time: 2:07 AM

Location: P/L 1488 Constitution Blvd.

Salinas Police Officers responded to the Wing Stop restaurant located at 1488 Constitution Bl. regarding a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot seen with a handgun.  When Officers arrived on scene, they quickly identified and contacted the described suspect with a gun in the parking lot.  As the involved Officers challenged the suspect, the suspect lifted his sweatshirt brandishing a handgun at the officers.  Fearing that the suspect was going to shoot, the involved Officers shot the suspect resulting in the suspect's death at the scene.  Three Salinas Police Officers were involved in this incident and were not injured.   There were no injuries to uninvolved parties who were in the area.

Salinas Police Investigators are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7226.   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.

This investigation is currently ongoing and the identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. As in all Officer Involved Shooting Investigations the involved Officers will be on paid administrative leave while the initial investigation is being conducted.

All press relations should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ 831-758-7350.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

UPDATE-Homicide/Shooting from 03-18-14

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2014 1:35 AM

Incident: Homicide UPDATE 3/18/14

Date: Friday, 3/21/2014

Time: 1:35 AM

Location: 700 Blk Towt St.

****Homicide Update ****

On Tuesday 3/18/14 at 7:12 PM, Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700 Block of Towt Street regarding a shooting victim.  At the scene, victim Juan Carlos Pedraza (47) was found deceased.  Refer to previous press release dated 3/19/14.

Since the shooting Salinas Police Department investigators have been diligently working on this case following  several leads.  On 3/20/14, investigators were able to identify Antonio Martinez (35) as the suspect responsible for the shooting death of Pedraza.  Investigators, aided by the Salinas Police Violence Suppression Unit and SWAT team, arrested Martinez after he was seen coming from 18495 Kennedy Street in Salinas.    Martinez was later booked at the Monterey County Jail for Murder.

Salinas Police Detectives are always looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7143 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-7276. 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.

Although an arrest has been made in this case the investigation is still ongoing.  All press inquiries should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ (831) 758-7350.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone:831-758-7350

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 3/20/2014 9:24 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-031061

Date: Thursday, 3/20/2014

Time: 6:41 PM

Location: 975 N. Main - Jack in the Box

A Hispanic male, in this mid 30's, wearing a trash bag over his shirt and a long sleeve shirt walked into the Jack-in-the-Box holding a simi-auto handgun. He started waiving the gun in front of the customers, then jumped the counter and told employees to open the cash registers. He then started pointing the gun at employees' heads and at one point put the gun in a victim's mouth. The suspect grabbed the money and put in a duffel bag. He jumped back over the counter and robbed a customer. He then left the store, got on a bicycle and rode south on N. Main St.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 3/19/2014 12:21 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-030912

Date: Tuesday, 3/18/2014

Time: 7:12 PM

Location: 700 Block ot Towt St

Officers responded to the 700 block of Towt St on a report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they found Juan Carlos Pedraza (47) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however Pedraza died at the scene. It appears as though Pedraza was walking near his residence when he was confronted by an unknown subject.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7143 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-7276.  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

Fatal Traffic Collision update

Release Date/Time: 3/17/2014 11:50 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision Update

Date: Monday, 3/17/2014

Time: 11:50 AM

Location: North Davis Road / West Laurel Drive

On March 4, 2014, Jose Velasquez, 70, was riding his bicycle in the area of North Davis Road and West Laurel Drive at about 4:45 am. He was involved in a traffic collision and died from his injuries. Salinas Police Department traffic investigators are attempting to reconstruct this collision and are looking for anyone who may have witnessed it. Anyone with any information is encouraged to come forward by calling Officer Richard Diaz at (831) 758-7189.

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Release Date/Time: 3/17/2014 11:50 AM

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Date: Monday, 3/17/2014

Time: 11:50 AM

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Pursuit / gun arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2014 4:05 AM

Incident: Pursuit / gun arrest

Report #: 14-030738

Date: Friday, 3/14/2014

Time: 8:10 PM

Location: 1700 block Humbolt Dr.

Salinas Police Officers with the Violence Suppression Unit attempted to stop a vehicle driven by Antonio Rosillo (23) for moving violations. Rosillo led the officers on a short vehicle pursuit. When the pursuit ended, Rigoberto Amezcua (18) and Miguel Amezcua (22) ran from the vehicle. Miguel Amezcua had a loaded and concealed firearm in his possession. Both were arrested a short distance from the vehicle. Antonio Rosillo and Jorge Hunter Lopez (19) were arrested in the vehicle. All four subjects were lodged in county jail for gang and gun charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 3/13/2014 11:26 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-030688

Date: Thursday, 3/13/2014

Time: 6:43 PM

Location: FO 848 E. Alisal St

A 15 year-old juvenile male waited for the victim to leave her work at the above address. As soon as she exited, the juvenile grabbed her, knocked her to the ground and took her purse. During the course of the robbery the suspect was holding a 12” Buck knife. He punched and kicked the victim after she fell. Several people saw this and chased after the juvenile. Witnesses caught him and held him for police. The victim's property and the knife were both recovered. The Juvenile was booked in Juvenile Hall for Robbery.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

On 3-12-14 at approx. 9:34 pm, a 23 year-old Hispanic male was visiting his girlfriend in the parking lot of 918 Acosta Plaza. He was outside her apartment by himself when he was approached by a male wearing dark clothing. The male asked him what he claimed and then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at him. He was struck in his buttocks, thigh, calf and ankle. He was treated at a local hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was wearing a ski type mask when the shooting occurred.

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