Press Releases

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2014 12:50 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 10/3/2014

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 976 Acosta Plaza Grullense Taqueria

3 males with cloth rags over their faces entered the back door to the building, carrying handguns. They demanded money from both the business and patrons before fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash.  The suspects may have been seen getting into a dark colored compact, similar to a Honda, which was parked on E Laurel Drive behind the Acosta Plaza Townhomes. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2014 7:45 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic collision

Report #: 14-091360

Date: Thursday, 10/2/2014

Time: 7:28 PM

Location: Williams Road and East Laurel Drive

On September 4th at about 1937 hours, Martin Gutierrez, 44, was driving his Toyota Tundra s/b on Williams Road in the #1 lane. Arturo Duarte, 47, ran across Williams Road from east to west, outside the crosswalk. Gutierrez could not stop in time and the Toyota pickup struck Duarte knocking him to the street. Duarte suffered a broken leg and head trauma. He was life-flighted to San Jose and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. On September 26, at 1346 he was pronounced deceased from the injuries incurred in the collision. The case is still under investigation. At this point it does not appear the driver will be charged with any law violation. This is the 9th fatal traffic collision in Salinas this year. Three of the fatal collisions have involved a vehicle vs pedestrian.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Press Conference regarding COPS/School Resource Officer Grant


For Immediate Release Contacts: Marci McFadden | Communications Officer

October 1, 2014 831.706.6971




WHAT: This press conference will unveil five separate federal grants totaling $14.8 million that will create a strong culture of student success and academic achievement. The Monterey County Office of Education, the City of Salinas, CSU Monterey Bay, community partners and school districts will discuss how this federal funding will build an integrated, collaborative, and coherent system to address the serious need of preparing a strong teacher workforce, and overcoming youth violence through positive youth development and engagement.

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014


WHERE: Monterey County Office of Education

Rooms A/B

901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA

WHO: U.S. Congressman Sam Farr

Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools

Kelly McMillin, Police Chief, City of Salinas

Manuel Real, Monterey County Chief Probation

Dr. Wayne Clark, Director, Monterey County Behavioral Health

Dr. Sid Smith, Deputy Director, Monterey County Health

Ashley Powers-Clark, PBIS Coordinator, Monterey County Office of Education

Community Alliance for Safety and Peace (CASP)

Jennie Burciaga, Executive Director, Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.

Natalie Alfaro, School Programs Coordinator, Restorative Justice Partners, Inc.

Jose Luis Alvarado, Dean of the College of Education, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Josh Harrower, Professor and Program Coordinator, CSU Monterey Bay

Dr. Mark O'Shea, Program Coordinator, California State University Monterey Bay

Dr. Cathi Draper Rodriguez, Chair, Teacher Education Department, CSU Monterey Bay

John Ramirez, Superintendent, Alisal Union School District

Tim Vanoli, Superintendent, Salinas Union High School District

OVERVIEW: The Monterey County Office of Education and community leaders/partners will unveil and share details on five different grants totaling $14.8 million that will come to Monterey County to address the following:

Monterey County Office of Education Grants

? $2.6 million awarded to the Monterey County Office of Education from the U.S. Department of Education's School Climate Transformation Grant. The granting period begins October 1, 2014 and runs for five years. This grant will build the capacity of all participating schools and districts to initiate and sustain the implementation of all three tiers of PBIS in order to decrease incidences of challenging youth behavior and violence. The training in this model will be conducted by Dr. Josh Harrower, Professor and Program Coordinator, CSU Monterey Bay. Within the five-year period, 33 participating school sites in the Alisal Union School District, Salinas City Elementary School District and Salinas Union High School District will demonstrate the following outcomes: 1) continual decreases in the office discipline referrals, 2) continual improvements in attendance, 3) continual reductions in suspensions and expulsions, particularly related to drug and alcohol offenses, 4) the ability to implement PBIS sustainably and with fidelity, and 5) continual reductions in the ethnically and racially disproportionate use of exclusionary discipline practices.

? $100,000 awarded to the Monterey County Office of Education from the National Forum to Prevent Youth Violence. The granting period begins September 30, 2014 and runs for two years. This grant will support Salinas' schools in implementing PBIS, including reducing suspensions and expulsions, creating a positive school climate, and providing behavior support services to all students. Additionally, it will support the county's Positive School Climate Leadership Team, a cross sector collaborative working to align resources around common goals and to initiate the sharing of pertinent data across systems throughout Monterey County.

? $100,000 awarded from the Monterey County Office of Education from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Mental Health Services. The granting period begins September 30, 2014 and runs for two years and will offer a Youth Mental Health First Aid Program to train youth-serving adults to identify and address the mental health problems and issues of Salinas' students aged 12 to 18.

California State University Monterey Bay Grant

? $8.6 million to California State University Monterey Bay from the U.S. Department of Education to recruit, train and support teachers over the next five years primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to improve student achievement. The following Monterey County school districts will be served by the project: Chualar Union School District, Gonzales Unified School District, King City Elementary School District, MCOE, Salinas City Elementary School District, Salinas Union High School District and Soledad Unified School District. This funding is the culmination of President Barrack O'Bama's Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant competition announced earlier this year.

City of Salinas Grant

? $3.4 million to the City of Salinas from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to hire eight school resource officers (SROs) to be placed in middle and high school campuses in Salinas. The granting period is three years.

Update--Media inquries--Officer Involved shooting investigations

In response to numerous media inquiries regarding the status of the four Salinas Police Department-- Officer involved Shootings, the below information clarifies the current status of these investigations:

  1. Officer Involved Shooting—March 20, 2014—1488 Constitution Blvd.--Currently being reviewed by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

  2. Officer Involved shooting—May 9, 2014—950 East Alisal St.--Currently in final review at Salinas Police Department.

  3. Officer Involved Shooting—May 20, 2014—Del Monte Ave. & N. Sanborn Rd.--Currently in final review at Salinas Police Department

  4. Officer Involved Shooting—July 10, 2014 –S. Sanborn Rd. & Fairview Dr. –Unknown--Contact Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

At this time there is no specified date when the two remaining cases still under Salinas Police review will be forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office.

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2014 11:05 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 14-090920

Date: Tuesday, 9/30/2014

Time: 9:20 AM

Location: 497 E. Market St. - Corner Market

Two males armed with handguns entered the Corner Market and confronted the employee. In addition to taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the store, the suspects robbed the clerk of his personal property. They fled to an awaiting beige BMW and were last seen traveling northbound on N. Madeira Ave. Both suspects were described as Hispanic males, 25-30 years old. One was 6'2" and 190 lbs., while the other was 5'7" and thin. They wore hooded sweatshirts and appeared to have their faces covered. There is no further information at this time..

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2014 8:51 AM

Incident: Robbery - Knife

Report #: 14-091630

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 3:48 PM

Location: Natividad Creek Park

A male and female were walking at Natividad Creek Park. As they entered the tunnel under Freedom Parkway, they were confronted by a male with a knife. The suspect robbed them of their personal effects and fled on foot.  He was described as a black male, 6', 200 lbs. with a muscular build. The suspect wore a gray hoodie, black pants, and was last seen running northbound through the tunnel into the north side of the park. There is no further information.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2014 8:45 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Report #: 14-091611

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 11:17 AM

Location: John Street and Spring Street

A Salinas Police Community Service Officer observed a green Honda Accord passenger vehicle traveling eastbound on East Alisal Street near John Street.  The driver of the vehicle, Delfino Diaz, 18, began driving erratically.  The community service officer requested officers respond to assist.  Diaz parked the vehicle in the under 100 block of Summer Street and left it unattended.  He ran a short distance until he was confronted by a Salinas Police Officer who took him into custody without incident.  The vehicle was determined to be a reported stolen vehicle out of the California Highway Patrol jurisdiction from several weeks ago.  Diaz was booked into Monterey County Jail for being in possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of an open container of alcohol and driving on a suspended license. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PD receives a COPS Grant for $3,400,528

The Salinas Police Department has traditionally run a strong School Resource Officer (SRO) program.  In 2008, due to budget and personnel shortages, SPD disbanded its SRO Unit.  The Salinas Police Department is pleased to announce that as part of our ongoing efforts to improve services to the community we have secured a US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant in the amount of $3,400,528 to fund eight School Resource Officers for a three year period.  These grants normally require the receiving entity to match funding received from the grant.  The COPS Office realized that matching funds were not available from the City of Salinas so SPD requested a waiver of the matching funds requirement.  Recognizing the desperate financial state Salinas faces and the need for School Resource Officers, the COPS Office agreed to waive the matching funds requirement.  This waiver will save the City approximately $2,400,528.00 and allow the police department to reinstate a much needed service to our youth that would otherwise go unfunded.  Reinstating the School Resource Officer program will benefit the entire city by increasing educational opportunities and creating safer schools.   Perhaps most importantly, the SRO program will allow for positive interactions between the city's youth and police officers.

This grant will allow SPD to hire eight police officers.  SPD currently has seven officer vacancies, bringing the total number of police officer positions needed to fill to 15.  We are actively recruiting residents of Salinas and surrounding communities to apply for the position of Police Officer.  Bilingual and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.  No prior law enforcement experience is necessary.  SPD will hire applicants as police recruits and send them to a local police academy.  Lateral applicants (police officers currently serving with other Departments) and academy graduates are also welcome to apply.  Interested applicants can visit and click on the 'we're hiring” tab to begin the application process.

Chief Kelly McMillin said, 'The SRO program is an industry standard, but in today's fiscal environment SROs are simply too costly for the Police Department.  We are grateful to the COPS Office for this opportunity to better serve the youth of Salinas.”

Chief McMillin will be available to answer questions about this grant and the SRO Program and police officer recruitment at Superintendent Nancy Katowski's press conference on Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m. at the Monterey County Office of Education, Rooms A/B, 901 Blanco Circle, Salinas, CA

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2014 9:37 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-091592

Date: Monday, 9/29/2014

Time: 4:46 AM

Location: Santa Rita St. & Lamar St.

Officers investigated a shooting that occured the area of Santa Rita St. and E. Lamar St.  A 31 year old male was in a parked vehicle when he was confronted by a passenger in a passing vehicle.  After a verbal exchange, the two became involved in a fight.  As the fight was taking place, the driver of the passing vehicle exited with a handgun and fired.  The victim was struck in the upper torso.  The suspects were last seen fleeing southbound on Santa Rita St.  They were described as Hispanic males in their late teens to early twenties and were in a black vehicle, similar to a Honda.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area hospital and expected to survive.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2014 10:57 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Saturday, 9/27/2014

Time: 9:58 PM

Location: 154 W Market

A suspect wearing a dark hoodie and a print cloth over his face came into the QuickieMart and produced firearm. He pointed at the register and demanded money from the clerk.   Suspect obtained an undetermined amount of cash before fleeing in a white 90's Camaro that was last seen headed w/b Market towards Castroville.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250