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Death Investigation

Officers responded to a report of a person lying on top of a shopping cart on the sidewalk in front of 393 W. Market. When officers arrived, they found a 58 year old female lying face down on top of a shopping cart filled with recyclables.  The woman was found to be deceased and her death appeared to be recent. There was no obvious sign of trauma that would give indication of the cause of her death.



Video surveillance in the area shows an unidentified subject pushing the shopping cart with the woman lying on top eastbound on W. Market just minutes prior to the call.  This person is described as a White or Hispanic male wearing a white long sleeve shirt and blue pants.  The exact cause of the 58 year old woman's death is pending an autopsy.  The deceased identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Anyone with information that may aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations bureau at 831-758-7226.  You can also call anonymously at 831-775-4222 or via the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

All media inquiries shuold be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Death Investigation

Officers responded to a report of a person lying on top of a shopping cart on the sidewalk in front of 393 W. Market. When officers arrived, they found a 58 year old female lying face down on top of a shopping cart filled with recyclables.  The woman was found to be deceased and her death appeared to be recent. There was no obvious sign of trauma that would give indication of the cause of her death.



Video surveillance in the area shows an unidentified subject pushing the shopping cart with the woman lying on top eastbound on W. Market just minutes prior to the call.  This person is described as a White or Hispanic male wearing a white long sleeve shirt and blue pants.  The exact cause of the 58 year old woman's death is pending an autopsy.  The deceased identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Anyone with information that may aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations bureau at 831-758-7226.  You can also call anonymously at 831-775-4222 or via the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

All media inquiries shuold be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Death Investigation ***UPDATE**

This is an update of a previous press release of a death investigation dated October 1, 2013.

The deceased is positively identified as Jeanne Weber 58 years old.

Cause of death is still under investigation and pending autopsy results.

Refer to previous press release for further information.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2013 1:12 PM
Incident: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
Report #: 13-091329
Date: Friday, 9/27/2013
Time: 8:57 AM
Location: South Main Street and San Joaquin Street

A driver was traveling eastbound on San Joaquin Street to northbound South Main Street. He failed to see the 63 year old female in the crosswalk. The driver told the investigating officer that he was unable to the the pedestrian due to the bright sun.  The pedestrian complained of pain to her legs and was transported to the hospital.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2013 4:48 PM

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting/Robbery

Report #: 13-090972

Date: Thursday, 9/26/2013

Time: 4:41 PM

Location: East Market St. & Pajaro St.

Charlene Hale was released from a bay are hospital to the custody of Salinas Police Departmet detectives. Hale is a suspect in the September 19th attempted armed robbery and armed robbery of customers at City Suds Laundromat on Pajaro St.. Following the attempted robbery and robbery, Hale was shot by a Salinas police officer when she ignored commands and reached for a weapon. Hale was questioned at the Salinas Police Department. She was then booked at the Monterey County Jail for robbery, attempted robbery and the brandishing of a weapon.

Any media inquiries should be directed to Commander Vince Maiorana at 758-7350.

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2013 7:51 PM

Incident: Robbery - Knife

Report #: 13-091299

Date: Thursday, 9/26/2013

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: 700 Block of E. Romie Ln.

A 41 year-old male was landscaping at an apartment complex in the 700 block of E. Romie Ln. and had several bags of mulch throughout the property. He observed a male pick up one of the bags and begin to walk away. The victim called out to he suspect and asked him to not take the $10 bag. The suspect, Jesus Contreras (18), put the bag down began walking towards the victim. As he did so, Contreras held a folding knife in his hand. Although the blade wasn't exposed, the suspect held the knife in a menacing manner in order to intimidate the victim. Contreras walked away when the victim said he was going to call the police. He was arrested a short time later in the complex. Contreras was booked for robbery.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felony Hit & Run

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2013 8:14 PM

Incident: Felony Hit & Run

Report #: #13-091306

Date: Thursday, 9/26/2013

Time: 6:37 PM

Location: E. Market St. & Center St.

A 34 year-old woman, was with her two young daughters crossing E. Market St. at the intersection with Center St.  They were walking northbound and had almost reached the other side when a white Honda approached them traveling westbound.  The vehicle, driven by a female driver, struck the 6 year-old girl, causing her to bounce off the hood.  The vehicle did not slow down and continued traveling westbound on E. Market St.  The victim sustained a very large bump over her left eye and several scrapes throughout her upper body.  She was flown to a Bay Area trauma center for treatment.  At this time, there is no additional suspect or vehicle description.  The pedestrians were in the crosswalk at the time of the collision and it appears the driver never slowed down.  Drivers are reminded to remain alert for pedestrians and free of distractions in the roadway at all times.  Also, if anyone was a witness to this incident, they are asked to call the Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Wednesday, September 25th at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 630PM and 130AM. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Officers will briefly contact drivers to check for a driver's license while at the same time checking for signs of alcohol and/or drug use. Sergeant Gerry Ross said that the goals of the checkpoint are to enhance public safety, deter impaired driving, and to educate the public on the dangers of DUI. Research has shown that DUI checkpoints are very effective at reducing the incidents of drunk and drugged driving collisions. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Salinas PD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorists are encouraged to report drunk drivers by calling 911.

DUI/CDL Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 9/25/2013 11:07 PM

Incident: DUI/CDL Checkpoint

Report #: Several

Date: Wednesday, 9/25/2013

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: 1400 North Main Street (El Gabilan Library)

The Salinas Police Department conducted a DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint on Wednesday night. Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests on one person but did not arrest anyone for DUI. However, officers cited 4 drivers for driving on a suspended license and 5 drivers for driving without a license. Motocycle officers working the event made 20 traffic stops and wrote citations for 10 hazzardous violations. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Salinas PD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorists are encouraged to report drunk drivers by calling 911.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest of Fernando "Freddy" Valdez

UPDATE -

On September 22, 2013, at approximately 10:30 AM, Fernando "Freddy" Valdez was arrested for attempted murder and gang crimes. Valdez and his legal representative contacted the Salinas Police Department and arranged a meeting in order to turn himself in for the warrant.

Valdez was identified as the suspect of a shooting that occurred at the intersection of John St. and S. Sanborn Rd. on September 10, 2013.

The victim is still hospitalized and listed in critical condition.

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