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Update on Homicide

On January 16, 2016, at approximately 9:12 pm, Ryan Christopher Contreras (age 23) was shot as he walked along the sidewalk in the 1000 block of Atlantic St. Contreras had left his residence less than 5 minutes prior to the shooting. He was struck multiple times and succumbed to his injuries at Natividad Medical Center.  The motive for the shooting is still unknown at this time.

Salinas Police Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact 831-758-7226 or Detective Roman at 831-758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/17/2016 2:47 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-010881

Date: Saturday, 1/16/2016

Time: 9:10 PM

Location: 1000 Block Atlantic Street

On January 16, 2016, at approximately 9:10 pm, officers responded to the 1000 block of Atlantic St. for a victim of shooting. Upon arrival they found a 23 year old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical attention was provided by arriving officers and medical personnel. The male was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased about an hour later.

The male, who lives in the area, appears to have been walking on the sidewalk when he was approached by unknown persons. Several shots were fired and the victim was struck. Although there were several people in the area, no witnesses have come forward at this time. The motive for the shooting is unknown. We are withholding the name of the victim until the family has time to notify other members of their family. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Roman at (831) 758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Structure Fire/ Burn Victim

Release Date/Time: 1/14/2016 10:55 PM

Incident: Structure Fire/ Burn Victim

Report #: 16 - 01 0779

Date: Thursday, 1/14/2016

Time: 6:23 PM

Location: 100 Block of Riker Street

Officers responded to a structure fire and burn victim on the 100 block of Riker Street. A 49-year-old male was working on a generator to the rear of the residence when gasoline vapors ignited causing a fire. Fire damage was limited to a small area to the exterior of the home, however, the male suffered burns to his face and arms. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary, Conspiracy, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/12/2016 6:11 PM

Incident: Burglary, Conspiracy, Resisting Arrest

Report #: 16 01 0659

Date: Tuesday, 1/12/2016

Time: 2:17 PM

Location: 13000 Block of Jackson Street

Thanks to the involvement of a concerned community member three suspects were caught and arrested in the commission of a residential burglary.

The anonymous community member called the Salinas Police and reported seeing three male adults donning masks and sneaking up to a residence on the 13000 block of Jackson Street. Officers responded and were able to surround the home while the suspects were still inside. One of the suspects came out of the home and jumped the back fence where officers were waiting. When he did not heed commands and attempted to escape he was tased. While officers were taking the first suspect into custody a second suspect ran out of the home and began jumping fences in the area of nearby Santa Rita School with officers in pursuit. The school had already been locked down. During the foot pursuit, and while being challenged at gunpoint, the suspect pulled what was later determined to be an airsoft pistol from his clothes and tossed the weapon. The suspect was tased, and a K-9 was deployed when he continued to resist, and he was taken into custody. The last suspect changed clothes inside the residence, attempted to casually walk out and play off his role; he was identified as the third suspect and was taken into custody. Daniel Contreras (22), Jesus Nieto (23), were treated for minor injuries and booked into Monterey County Jail for burglary, conspiracy, and resisting arrest. Miguel Nieto (19), was booked into County Jail for burglary, conspiracy, and resisting arrest. All stolen property was recovered.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Man with replica gun on MST bus.

Release Date/Time: 1/12/2016 4:24 PM

Incident: Man with replica gun on MST bus.

Report #: 16-010650

Date: Tuesday, 1/12/2016

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: South Main and Avenue A

Officers received a report of a male urinating in front of kids near Clay Liquors Market. We received an additional call that the male reportedly had two guns. An officer on South Main Street was flagged down by an MST driver who reported a man with a gun on the bus; same suspect as the Clay Liquors call. Additional Officers arrived, secured the area, and locked down Salinas High. All of the passengers were safely directed off the bus and secured. The suspect, Vicente Vistal, 59, was uncooperative and once he came off of the bus he was apprehended by a K-9 Officer and his K-9 partner 'Avi”. Vistal sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He was in possession of a replica firearm and was booked into Monterey County Jail for probation violation and resisting arrest.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting Victim - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/7/2016 12:55 AM

Incident: Shooting Victim - Attempted Murder

Report #: 16-01 0288

Date: Wednesday, 1/6/2016

Time: 10:05 PM

Location: Area of Rossi Street and Victor Street

Salinas Police received a call from Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital reporting the victim of a shooting in the ER. A 28-year-old white male and a female companion were dropped off at the emergency room. The male had one gunshot wound to the upper torso. His injuries appear non-life threatening. Both provided only limited information stating the shooting occurred somewhere in the area of Rossi and Victor Street. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department (831) 758-7321, or call the anonymous tip line at (831) 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/6/2016 12:47 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16-01-0234

Date: Tuesday, 1/5/2016

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 2000 Block of Perez Street

Salinas Police received a call from CHOMP reporting a victim of a shooting in the ER. The victim, a Hispanic male adult (32), stated he was approached by a single male while on the 2000 block of Perez Street in Salinas. The suspect asked the victim what he claimed and when the victim denied any gang affiliation the suspect fired at the victim striking him once. The victim was able to transport himself to CHOMP and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, 17 – 19 years old, approximately 6 foot, and possibly wearing a gray jacket and baseball cap. The suspect may have fled the area in a dark green SUV.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321, or the anonymous tip-line at (831)775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/4/2016 6:51 PM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 16-010151

Date: Monday, 1/4/2016

Time: 2:38 PM

Location: 100 Block of Prince Place

An officer heard gunshots in the area of South Hebbron and conducted an area check. The officer was flagged down by a citizen reporting the victim of a shooting on the 100 block of Prince Place. The officer located a 24-year-old Hispanic male with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for potentially life threatening injuries. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 18-20 years old, dressed all in black, and may have fled the area in an older model Toyota pick-up truck with a camper shell. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department (831) 758-7321.

Release Authorized by: John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

AVOID the 20 DUI Winter Campaign

Release Date/Time: 1/4/2016 12:34 PM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI Winter Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 1/4/2016

Time: 12:32 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

From December 18 through January 3, you probably noticed the ‘Avoid the 20' DUI Task Force was out in full force, targeting one of the deadliest killers on the road: drunk driving. The enforcement was part of the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, to save lives and make our roads safer.

DUI enforcement resulted in far too many drunk driving arrests countywide over the past 17 days. From 12:01 AM Friday December 18, through Midnight Sunday January 3, 2016 officers representing 20 law enforcement agencies from Monterey and San Benito Counties have arrested 123 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Fortunately, there were no deaths from a DUI traffic collision but there were four injury crashes caused by DUI drivers that caused four people to suffer injuries. Last year there were 117 drivers arrested for DUI over the same period.

Thousands of lives could be saved each year if everyone drove sober or caught a ride after drinking. In 2013 alone, there were 10,076 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. California's DUI deaths stood at 867 that year. That's almost a third of all the traffic crash fatalities for the year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force and thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country teamed up with the NHTSA on the high-visibility enforcement campaign this year. The annual effort aims to reduce drunk driving year-round, not just on these few days during the winter holidays. The campaign may be over, but the warning remains: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Law enforcement officials will be conducting more high visibility anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region again on Super Bowl Sunday followed by a crackdown on St Patrick's Day. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! anytime you encounter a dangerous impaired driver. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shots Fired into a Dwelling and Destruction of a Hand Grenade

Release Date/Time: 1/3/2016 3:58 PM

Incident: Shots Fired into a Dwelling and Destruction of a Hand Grenade

Report #: 16-010091

Date: Sunday, 1/3/2016

Time: 4:23 AM

Location: 700 block of University Ave

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700 block of University Avenue regarding shots being fired into a residence.  Upon arrival officers located several bullet holes in an exterior wall of the residence.  While conducting their investigation officers located what turned out to be a live grenade on the ground just outside of the residence directly below where the rounds had penetrated the residence.  The Monterey County Sheriffs Bomb Squad responded and ultimately destroyed the device on scene.  No one was injured and there is no suspect information.  The case is being investigated as gang related and is on going.   

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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