Press Releases

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2015 3:27 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 9/18/2015

Time: 11:40 AM

Location: 323 N Sanborn Rd-Good Neighboor Pharmacy

The suspect walked into the pharmacy wearing a grey hoodie and something covering his face. He produced a grey semi-auto and demanded narcotics from the pharmacist. He was handed an undisclosed ammount and type before he fled toward Cedar St on foot. A witness believed the suspect went into a nearby residence which was surrounded and checked but it did not appear as though the suspect did in fact go inside.  An area check was conducted but the suspect was not located. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/13/2015 3:28 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-090679

Date: Saturday, 9/12/2015

Time: 10:56 PM

Location: 1200 Blk of First Ave.

Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1200 block of First Ave. It was unknown if anyone was hit but a truck was left running in front a residence. When officers arrived they saw multiple gunshots through the driver's side window of an orange extended cab pick-up. Inside, seated in the driver's seat, was a 24 year old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The male was pronounced deceased by medical personnel. The victim did not have any history with the Salinas Police Department and it is unknown why he was targeted. His name is being withheld until his next of kin can be notified.

While several people heard the gunshots and heard a vehicle speeding away, no one has come forward

that actually witnessed the shooting. Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, or has information regarding this incident is asked to call the Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Dave Poulin at (831) 758-7270.  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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Final Update for Summer Mobilization DUI Operation

Release Date/Time: 9/9/2015 1:11 PM

Incident: Final Update for Summer Mobilization DUI Operation

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 9/9/2015

Time: 1:10 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID the 20 DUI Campaign Weekend Final Report

From August 21 to September 7, 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 and citations countywide over the past 18 days.

From 12:01 AM Friday August 21th, through Midnight Monday September 7, 2015 officers representing 20 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 136 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Fortunately there were no deaths associated with a drunk driving crash but 22 people were injured in 18 DUI collisions. There were several additional DUI collisions causing property damage.

If everyone would drive sober, thousands of lives could be saved each year. 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 at the end of summer. The campaign may be over, but the warning remains: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Law enforcement officials will be conducting more anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region again during Halloween before planning for the December Winter DUI Mobilization. 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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/7/2015 8:55 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-090377

Date: Monday, 9/7/2015

Time: 4:32 PM

Location: Pacific Ave and Garner Ave

On Monday, 9/7/15 at approximately 4:30 PM officers were dispatched to a report of a victim of a shooting at the intersection of Pacific Ave and Garner Ave. On arrival they a Hispanic male adult (26) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim died as a reult of his injuries, and his identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of the next of kin.

Witnesses described a hispanic male in his mid 20's, wearing a baggy white shirt and blue jeans running  from the scene. This is the 21st Homicide of the year in Salinas and at this time it is unknown if it is gang related. 

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Bryan McKinley at 831-758-7145 or Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127.  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.

9/8/15---3:20 PM--UPDATE:   Shooting victim name released:  Emmanual Serrano (26)--Salinas resident.

Release Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/9/2015 1:55 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-090455

Date: Tuesday, 9/8/2015

Time: 9:19 PM

Location: 1500 block of Duran St

On Tuesday, September 8th at approximately 9:20 pm Salinas Police responded to 1500 block of Duran St on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they found a Carlos Robles (16)  suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR at the scene, however the victim died as a result of his injuries. A second victim, a male juvenile (17) who was driving with the Robles at the time of the incident suffered non life threatening gunshot wounds and is currently in stable condition. The suspect, who was riding a black bicycle at the time of the incident fired multiple rounds into the occupied vehicle and was last seen fleeing northbound on the bicycle. He was described as light skin male, in his 20's wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. This incident does not appear to be gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives need the publics help and are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Ken Schwener at 831-758-7276.  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: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder (Shooting) Occurred August 21, 2015

Release Date/Time: 9/8/2015 3:06 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide (Shooting)

Date: August 21, 2015

Time: 11:40PM

Location: 238 Williams Road

On August 21st, 2015 Officers responded to 238 Williams Road on a report of a victim of a shooting in the parking lot.  When Officers arrived they found two adult victims-one of which had been shot multiple times.  It was reported that during an argument a male suspect fired a handgun at the victims striking one victim multiple times.   The shooting victim was transported to the hospital and has survived his injuries.  At the time of the shooting there was limited suspect information.  Since the shooting, Salinas Police Investigators have been working the case to identify suspects.

On September 8, 2015 at 7:00 AM Salinas Police Officers and Monterey County Sheriff Deputies served three search warrants related to the previous mentioned shooting investigation from August 21, 2015.  Warrants were served at 705 Elton Place Apt.  F, 945 Del Monte Avenue Apt. I  and 1033 Atlantic Street.  All addresses were located in the City of Salinas.  As a result, three suspects were arrested and later booked into Monterey County Jail for Attempted Homicide, gang enhancements and possession of illegal drugs.  The suspects involved were identified as Miguel  Fletes (20), Eduardo Ceja  (21) and Jesus Chuca (30).  

Salinas Police Investigators are looking for additional witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Investigations Division 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.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2015 11:05 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-090346

Date: Sunday, 9/6/2015

Time: 9:35 PM

Location: 100 block of W. Laurel Dr.

A 28-year old male was shot in the leg by a suspect firing and handgun from a car. The victim is a known gang member and refused to provide officers with any information regarding the incident. The wound is not life-threatening. Salinas Police are asking anyone with information to call.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 Summer Campaign Update

Release Date/Time: 9/4/2015 2:03 PM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Summer Campaign Update

Report #: N/A

Date: Friday, 9/4/2015

Time: 2:09 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID DUI Campaign Weekend Update #3

The end of summer DUI Mobilization has resulted a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments. From 12:01 AM Friday August 21, 2015 through midnight, August 30, 2015 officers countywide have arrested 94 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Although there were no DUI related fatal crashes, there were 12 injury collisions involving a DUI driver in which 13 persons were injured.

Over the course of the next several days of the campaign several additional Saturation Patrols will be conducted throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 7, 2015. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide UPDATE

This is an updated press realease for incident previously reported on August 25th.  Previous press release stated the following:

On Tuesday, August 25th at approximately 10:30 pm Salinas Police officers responded the area of 30 Soledad St. on a report of a man down who was the victim of a battery. On arrival they found Tyler Webb (26) suffering from a major head injury. Webb was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injury. Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for any witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Rivera at 831-758-7971 or Detective Murphy at 831-758- 7322.  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.

UPDATED:

On Tuesday, August 25th at approximately 10:30 pm Salinas Police officers responded the area of 30 Soledad St. on a report of a man down who was the victim of a battery. Upon arrival they found Tyler Webb (26) suffering from a major head injury. Webb was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. Since the incident there have been varying accounts on the street ranging from a simple fall to 'horse play” gone wrong. On Sunday (8/30) Salinas Police Investigators determined that Webb's death was result of being assaulted by Davion Smith (42) who is a known trasient who resides in the area. It was determined that Smith punched Webb in the face rendering him unconscious causing Webb to strike the back of his head on the concrete.  Smith was arrested last night after he was found in one of his tents at Bridge and E. Lake St. Smith was booked at Monterey County Jail  for Homicide.   Case is still actively being investigated. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/31/2015 3:10 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-081321

Date: Tuesday, 8/25/2015

Time: 10:20 PM

Location: 30 Soledad St.

On Tuesday, August 25th at approximately 10:30 pm Salinas Police officers responded the area of 30 Soledad St. on a report of a man down who was the victim of a battery. On arrival they found Tyler Webb (26) suffering from a major head injury. Webb was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injury.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for any witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Rivera at 831-758-7971 or Detective Murphy at 831-758- 7322.  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: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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